Burlington--To encourage young people to use their voice to drive change in their communities, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H is sponsoring the 4-H Speak Up video contest. The deadline to enter is Nov. 30.

Grade 3-12 students are invited to create and upload a video using Flipgrid to share their thoughts on an issue of importance to them. Entries should address the question "What is one thing you would do to improve your community and why?"

All videos must be two minutes or less in length with only one entry per person allowed. Enrollment in 4-H is not required to enter.

Students must register at www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/announcements to receive a Flipgrid access code to record and upload their video. The website also has links to helpful resources, including tips and tricks for making a winning video and how to use Flipgrid to create or upload a video.

Entries can be viewed by the public from Dec. 1-6. Details on where to view will be posted on the Vermont 4-H Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Vermont4H) on Dec. 1. Winners will be decided both by the number of "likes" and the contest judges.

One winner will be chosen in each age group (Grade 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12). Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to support a business in their community and are encouraged to patronize one impacted by COVID-19. The top entry in each group also will be available for viewing on the Vermont 4-H Facebook page.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Lauren Traister, UVM 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at (866) 260-5603, ext. 402.


Lauren A. Traister