17 June 2019
Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition! 2019
Have you ever been upset to see plastic bags, cigarettes butts, and straws littering your favorite beach or park? Do you wish your school provided recycling bins for single-use water bottles? Or maybe you’d prefer that your friends didn’t use single-use water bottles at all!
We challenge you to design and lead a creative advocacy campaign in your school or community.
Your campaign should meet the Competition goals of:
- Educating the public about marine debris
- Inspiring people to change their behavior
- Engaging others in an activity that reduces or prevents marine debris
- Advocating creative and realistic solutions for the marine debris issue you identify
Opportunity Focus Areas:
- Visual art
ALL WORLD COUNTRIES.
- Young people ages 11-18
- Individuals or classes, clubs, or groups of any size
- Open to international students
- All participating students must have the support of an adult sponsor (teacher, parent, mentor, etc.).
Gold Award: $5,000
Silver Award: $2,500
Bronze Award: $1,000
Honorable Mention: $500
First Step: LEARN & BE INSPIRED
Go into your neighborhood to observe and document problems such as littering or the consumption of single-use plastics. Have conversations with your principal, town officials, or local business owners to identify challenges and opportunities specific to your school or community.
Select a campaign that you feel passionate about and that is relevant to your school or community. Create a list of tasks that must be completed to achieve your objectives, including deadlines and team member roles. Identify the materials you need to carry out these tasks (e.g., flyers, art supplies, recycling bins) and the budget necessary to purchase these items.
Second Step: FIND A SPONSOR:
Each individual or group who participates in the Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition must have the support of an adult sponsor. Your sponsor will provide you or your team with guidance throughout your campaign and will serve as an additional point of contact. This sponsor may be a teacher, community member, local business owner, parent/guardian, etc. You must receive a signed letter of commitment from your sponsor as part of the registration process. This is an electronic form that you will request when registering.
READ THE RULES Here.
Third Step: Students and groups interested in participating in the Competition must create an account and register through our online system. We encourage you to register early!
You will need:
- Basic contact information
- A brief description of your campaign idea
- Name and contact information for your adult sponsor
- Parent/Guardian consent (Required for students under the age of 13)
FILL OUT THE PRE-PARTICIPATION SURVEY
After your registration is approved, you will receive a link for a pre-participation survey. Survey responses will not influence judging. The survey is intended to measure participants’ environmental awareness and attitudes, which will inform our program evaluation and development.
REVIEW THE FINAL PROJECT REPORT CHECKLIST
Use our Final Project Report checklist to keep track of the information and supporting materials you’ll need to document and collect throughout your campaign. Print the Final Project Report Checklist .
DOCUMENT YOUR JOURNEY
Capture every step of your campaign so that you can share your journey with others. How does marine debris impact your community? How did you try to address these problems through your campaign? Who did you engage? What challenges did you face? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?
You will use your footage and photos to create an edited 3-5 minute video* (to be submitted as part of your Final Project Report) to educate others about the marine debris problem and inspire them to become a part of the solution in their communities. This video itself does not count as your project or campaign; rather, it should illustrate your process and bring your Final Project Report to life.
Never made a video before? No problem! Here are resources to help you create one.
Note: Videos must be in English or have English subtitles.
SAVE CAMPAIGN MATERIALS
As you work, save copies of materials created while you develop your campaign, including – but not limited to – research or brainstorming notes, interview transcripts, task lists, maps, artwork, photographs, presentations, and communications materials such as flyers or brochures. These are a required part of your Final Project Report!
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This Scholarship Published by:
” Nashwa Attallah/ Egypt “
Reviewed by” Ola A.Khudhur/ Iraq and Alyaa Abdelraouf/ Egypt ”
MARJ3 Scholarships team