SAN JOSE, CA – As part of the recent
civic engagement initiative launched by the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) and its partners, students are being asked to tell their story about how they are civic-minded and can get others involved.
SCCOE Civic Engagement PSA Video Contest is now open for all students in Santa Clara County. Students can enter as groups or individually in three grade-level categories: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The deadline to submit applications is September 23 and winning entries will be chosen in each of the three grade level categories. For specific contest guidelines, objectives, and the official application, students can visit the
Videos should address what civic engagement is and why it is important, with the goal of motivating peers, family, and residents to get involved in their communities and take action on important causes and ideas. By participating in this contest, students can develop confidence to be able to participate fully in civic life, understand and engage in the political processes, assume the roles, rights and responsibilities usually associated with citizenship in democratic systems, and much more.
Winners who finish in the top three places will receive a video production kit for their teacher and classroom, and each individual student will receive a gift card. An awards ceremony is planned for October 5.
The SCCOE and several partnering organizations recently launched a
website as part of a comprehensive civic engagement initiative to develop resources for schools and stakeholders. Partners include the
Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters,
Santa Clara County School Boards Association,
East Side Alliance, and
County of Santa Clara.
A committee from the partner organizations has been meeting since the spring to steer the initiative, which directly supports the goal of the Framework for California Public Schools that, by high school graduation, students are ready for college, careers, and civic life.
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