Video Contest Guidelines


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Contest Guidelines:

Please use the following information to guide you when making your submission. For more complete information on eligibility requirements, please see the official rules. Participants are encouraged to learn more about AmeriCorps at


Join us in inspiring and educating the general public about the benefits of and opportunities in AmeriCorps by creating a compelling AmeriCorps video up to 60 seconds in length that may be used in future recruitment efforts for AmeriCorps.

There are some legal limits on what you are able to do and we will not post videos that are inappropriate or offensive. Other than that, what you put in your video to show AmeriCorps "getting things done" is up to you (live action, animation, etc).

We're looking for bold, creative, and exciting videos to help educate the public about AmeriCorps and inspire them to join!


There will be grand, first, second and third place awards given for the best videos showing AmeriCorps Getting Things Done.

Visit the Prize Center to learn more.

Evaluation Criteria:

Videos will be judged by the following six criteria:

  1. Overall Impact (educational, inspiring, persuasive)
  2. Creativity
  3. Memorable Content and Delivery
  4. Clear Message about how AmeriCorps gets things done
  5. Alignment with Mission and Goals of AmeriCorps
  6. Public rating during the submission period
Judging Process:

A panel of contest judges consisting of Corporation for National and Community Service staff will review the videos and rate them using the above evaluation criteria. Using the ratings and comments of the judges, Corporation officials will select five finalists.

The five finalists' videos will then be available for voting by the general public through the website until July 9, 2010, and will determine the grand, first, second, and third place winners. There will also be an opportunity to vote during the National Conference on Volunteering and Service from June 28 – 30, 2010.

Who can Participate?:

The contest is open to the general public including any current AmeriCorps member or AmeriCorps alumnus. The person submitting a video may work as part of a team with others, but only one person can submit the official entry. Employees of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Campaign Consultation, Inc. or companies awarding prizes are not eligible. See official rules for more information.

Format and Length:

Videos must be 60 seconds or less in duration. Submissions will be accepted through either electronic upload at or via hard copy in DVD format. All entries must be in one of the following formats .WMV, .AVI, .MOV, or .MPG and be less than 100 MB in size. Entrants must submit a transcript along with their videos.

Submissions and Deadlines:

Submissions will be accepted from April 19 through June 4, 2010, either through electronic upload on or via hard copy in DVD format to: Stephanie Grocott, AmeriCorps Video Contest Coordinator, 2819 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.

Respect for Existing Copyright:

You must be the original author of everything in your video or have permission to use copyright protected material. Be creative, but think carefully about what you put into the video. If you are considering using existing music, video clips, photos, etc., it is very likely that someone else owns a copyright to that material. In this case, be sure to obtain the copyright owner's written permission before using the material in your video.

Consent from Actors in Your PSA:

Winning participants must declare that they have written consent from people featured or identified in their video. Please Note: consent requirements may vary from state to state and each participant is responsible for complying with state consent requirements.

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