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Deadline Extended to May 22

This May, the Media Education Lab’s Courageous RI is awarding $7,000 in prizes to students in middle school, high school, and college, including a $1,000 grand prize!

Watch the video to learn how to submit your creative work to the contest!


Middle school, high school, and college students from across Rhode Island, the nation, and the world are welcome to participate. The Youth Media Contest accepts creative work in print, graphic design / photography, video or audio formats. 

We’re looking for creative work that addresses this question: How can media literacy, active listening, kindness and compassion, and community engagement reduce the hate and fear that leads to violence?

Courageous Rhode Island

Youth Media Contest

Are you ready to be creative and courageous?

The Youth Media Contest is your platform to shine!


What is the CRI Youth Media Contest? 

CRI’s Youth Media Contest celebrates youth creativity and active citizenship. We're giving away 16 awesome prizes, including a $1,000 grand prize! It's your chance to be recognized and rewarded for your talent and creativity.


Who Can Participate?

Middle school, high school, and college students from Rhode Island get first dibs, but if you're from somewhere else, you're invited too! Whether you're working on a school project, part of an after-school program, or just creating on your own, the Youth Media Contest is open to you.


Themes That Ignite Your Imagination

Prizes will be awarded for media projects that address how media literacy, active listening, kindness and compassion, and community engagement can reduce the hate and fear that leads to violence. 

Check out the 10 Courageous Conversations topics about different aspects of communication, media, technology, and society.  By exploring the Portal, you can listen in on some Courageous Conversations to brainstorm ideas for your media project.

Show Us What You've Got

The creative possibilities are endless! You can submit your work in the following formats:

  • Videos (informative, entertaining, persuasive – tell a story)

  • Images (photos, memes, digital posters – let your creativity soar)

  • Audio (original music, spoken word, podcasts – make some noise)

  • Writing (news stories, op-eds, poetry, short stories – let your words flow)


Save the Dates

Get your creative juices flowing because the contest kicks off on January 15, 2024, and you have until May 15, 2024, to submit your masterpiece. 


Win Big!

A panel of cool judges, including media professionals, community leaders, and educators from Rhode Island, will be awarding a total of $7,000 in prizes. The top prize is a whopping $1,000 cash reward! Plus, you and your teacher will be recognized at an in-person ceremony in spring 2024. And guess what? There's also an audience award up for grabs, and it's all decided by online votes!

Generative AI, Copyright and Permissions – Keep it Creative!

Use technology to amplify your creative spirit! You can use generative AI to create your project and you can use copyrighted materials if you transform them to create a new meaning (and you’re not passing others’ work off as your own). Just make sure to list what you used in your application.


Rules & Terms – Super Simple

When you submit your work, make sure to include:

  • Your name and school info

  • Your teacher or program leader's name (if you have one)

  • Your email address

  • A 300 word artist statement explaining what your work is all about and how it connects to the CRI themes. 

  • A list of any copyrighted stuff you used

  • If generative AI is used, explain the specific process you used in the artist statement

  • Permission forms if your work features people under 18


Submission Tips

  • Keep videos and audio under 4 minutes.

  • Written pieces should stay within 1000 words.


Ready to be a part of CRI’s Youth Media Contest and make your voice heard? It's your time to make your mark and show the world what you've got!


Get Inspired!

Check out the discussion topics that inspire

Courageous Conversations  

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