Hope and Justice Judging Form

  • Dear Judge,

    The entries you are judging are submission in the Hope/Justice/Monthly Prompt category. Entries in this category deal with a variety of topics including mental health, social justice and other complex topics that need to be addressed with compassion and knowledge. For this category we asked youth to communicate about what they are feeling, increase knowledge about an issue or take a stand against injustice, or share their perspective in a way that gives others a glimpse into their lives. While some youth submit entries share ideas for solutions to the issues of concern, others used this as an opportunity to process their feelings in a therapeutic way. We welcome all types of submissions. In our submission criteria, we remind youth that whatever message they choose, their submissions need to be thoughtful and respectful. We asked youth to be honest about their feelings, but to be sure their entries convey that they are coming from a place of cultural humility and has the intent to further understanding and constructive dialogue about social justice and change. So, as a judge please score each of these entries based on how well they conveyed their messages and followed these guidelines.

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    In advance, we appreciate your time.

  • Entry Details

  • Title

    My Story and My Hope

    Description from the submitter

    This drawing contains a lot of meaning to me. I remember it was a nice afternoon when I tried to go home from my aunt's house by bus. As usual, there were plenty of people getting on the bus. We're in a pandemic right now so I understand why some people like to sit outside instead of inside next to the window. It was about 5 pm so the bus was full of people. I had been standing the whole morning in order to help my aunt and I wanted to sit down because I was tired. I saw a white woman and she seems nice. I asked her politely if she could move so that I could sit inside or outside depending on her. She looked at me with sharp eyes and said: " No, you Chinese." This hurt me a lot because I'm not even Chinese. She didn't let me just because I'm Asian. One thing that made me so mad that she had her mask but didn't cover her face. If she doesn't want to be sick then I don't understand why she didn't cover her face with the mask. After that, a nice man asked me if I wanted to sit next to him and I said yes. This drawing partly represents the scene on that day. In the drawing, you can see there's a young white guy giving his seat to an old black woman. This is my hope that even though the previous generations couldn't do those things, our next generations still can do something which helps racism goes away. You can also see that there're a lot of people with different races sitting on the bus even though they're not sitting next to each other. They keep their distance and wear masks as they should due to covid19. There're kids, teenagers, and adults on the bus. This means everyone can take the bus equally. Black people don't have to sit in the back like in the 1950s anymore. You can easily notice that at the end of the bus there is a quote from Rosa Park: "To bring out change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try". I'm in 10th grade right now and just learned about the story about Rosa Park. My case makes me remind of this story so I think it would be great if I put some of her quote in the drawing which can motivate people trying to do the right things. I felt like it would be a good idea to draw this drawing when everything connects together and has a wonderful purpose.

  • Messaging Scoring Measures

  • Please enter a number from 0 to 25.

    Hope for Change: Asks youth to explore hope or justice related to change and mental health while prominently and creatively integrating the lime green ribbon as a symbol of mental health.

    “As spring approaches, you may notice the seasons changing by new flowers blooming or the arrival of butterflies. Change is an inevitable part of life, but this year in particular has brought many unexpected challenges. Reflect on the ways that you have adapted to change and grown as a person.”

    Some ideas/prompts provided to youth:

    • - What do you think can be done so that there can be real change towards better mental health and reducing stigma within your community? Share your thoughts on actions that individuals, families, communities or organizations can or should take to make a difference.
    • - Look back on who you were a year ago and the person you are today. How do these two versions of yourself compare?
    • - Looking forward, as a result of adversity or difficult times you experienced over the past year, how have you changed?
    • - Imagine giving advice to your past self about a challenging situation you went through. What would you say to yourself?
    • - Share a positive change you have made in your life and how you worked toward that goal.
    • - Explore the healthy ways that you have used to cope with change during the past year.

  • Please enter a number from 0 to 15.
    The lime green ribbon represents mental health awareness. Youth were asked to incorporate the green ribbon creatively into their entry.
  • Please enter a number from 0 to 20.
    *Remember: With everything going on in the world right now, this category asks youth to share what they are experiencing, how they are copying, and to explore what drives them to stay hopeful for the future, through creation of their project. This category is an opportunity for youth living through history to use their feelings and voices to encourage purposeful action and to start conversations that matter. This category also accepts submissions from a wide age range (from 12 years old to 25 years old), so the quality and content of some projects may reflect this and should be considered when scoring.

    Please also note that most submissions are being created by youth at home, without the technology or support they may have in a traditional classroom setting.

  • Technical and Creative Scoring Measures

  • Please enter a number from 0 to 15.
    How well does the submission show unique or creative interpretation of the topic addressed? (This is less about content, but about the creativity used to communicate the content.)
  • Please enter a number from 0 to 15.
    - If a film or TikTok – consider the focus, exposure, audio clarity, use of graphics and/or special effects, pacing and flow. - If a painting, digital art, sketch, comic, animation, or other 2-D art – consider the skill in use of line, color, form, texture, perspective, visual rhythm, etc. - If a radio PSA – consider the pace, clarity of messaging, use of music or sound effects, overall flow of script, etc. - If original music – consider the clarity, rhythm, musical and/or mechanical skill, phrasing, etc. - If a blog, poem, spoken word, essay or other narrative – consider the structure, grammar, word choice, flow, rhyme scheme, expressiveness, etc.
  • Please enter a number from 0 to 5.
  • Please enter a number from 0 to 5.
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