ACOE'S CENSUS 2020 STUDENT VIDEO PSA CONTEST
Why is raising awareness about the Census important?
Alameda County is home to more than 225,000 students and 10,000 teachers. It is also home to many populations historically undercounted in the decennial Census, such as children ages 0-5, Latinos, African-Americans, Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, households with limited English proficiency, immigrants and refugees.
Undercounting our residents leads to underrepresentation of the count and true diversity of our community.
We are proud that each of these populations calls Alameda County home, and ACOE is promoting participation in Census 2020 with a focus on the populations that most need representation and are least likely to be counted.
What can YOU do about it?
YOUR voice is powerful, use it! Make a video to share with your community about the importance of being counted.
The Alameda County Office of Education is sponsoring a video contest with the support of California Complete Count.
This is a chance to be creative, get your work to a wide audience, and have a chance to win money!
Who can enter?
Any student in kindergarten through 12th grade who attends school in Alameda County can participate. Students may enter individually or as a group, including school organizations and clubs.
It's ok if a teacher, parent, friend helps, but only students are eligible for prizes.
Multiple entries may be submitted by individuals, groups, etc.
What should the video be about?
Videos must promote participation in the 2020 Census with the theme of You Count - Be Counted.
Information about the Census - like the dates the Census is open, how to take it, and the languages available - is a great addition to your video! Just ake sure you provide accurate information! We recommend the following sources:
If you're having a hard time getting started, consider answering the following questions:
- Why is the Census important?
- What does "enumerate" mean?
- What happens if my community is undercounted?
- Is the data I report confidential?
We recommend you include credits in the video naming the participating students- this is a great opportunity to get your work and name seen!
What are the rules and guidelines?
Entries must comply with the following:
- Videos must promote participation in the 2020 Census with the theme of You Count - Be Counted
- Videos can be in ANY language, please provide name of language and rough translation for entries not in English
- Videos must be 60 seconds or shorter
- Videos must be original content with no copyright-protected elements
- Videos must be uploaded to YouTube and comply with that platform's terms of service
- A release form must be submitted for each student participant (available in English and Spanish)
- Entries must be submitted via our online submission form by 11:59pm on Sunday, February 16, 2020 - no exceptions!
How to enter?
Make sure you have:
- A signed release form for EACH student (available in English and Spanish) in pdf or image file
- Each student's name, school district, school and grade
- A link to your video entry posted on YouTube
When you're ready, submit your entry using our online submission form. The form closes without exception at 11:59pm on Sunday, February 16, 2020!
When will winners be chosen?
Winners will be selected by a panel assembled by the Alameda County Office of Education. The top three entries will be announced by Monday, February 24, 2020.
1st Place = $1,500 | 2nd Place = $1,000 | 3rd Place = $500
Any number of qualifying entries may be distributed by the Alameda County Office of Education to raise awareness and increase participation in Census 2020.
The winning video will also be shown at the Chase Center and an Alameda County Board of Education meeting.
February 16, 2020
1st Place: $1,500
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $500
Alameda County Office of Education, with funding from the California Complete Count
ACOE Public Information Officer