Hope and Justice Judging Form


Dear Judge,

We encourage you to seek personal support if you become troubled by the content of this category. If you experience an emotional crisis, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or to the California Warmline at (855) 845-7415.

The entries you are judging are submissions in the Hope and Justice category. Entries in this category deal with a variety of topics including mental health, suicide prevention, 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. At any point if you are experiencing technical difficulties with the website, or have questions regarding the category, please email Shanti@DirectingChange.org or call (619) 786-5622.

In advance, we appreciate your time.


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Messaging Scoring Measures

Please enter a number from 0 to 25.

Young people were asked to create projects related to these prompts:


  • What helps you get through tough times? Are you practicing self-care through reading, dancing, listening to music, writing, watching your favorite films?
  • Provide an example of what helps young people get through tough times or practice self care, share what they do, see or experience in their life or community right now that gives them hope during this challenging time or share a personal story/life experience that connects to what’s happening on a larger scale in communities, schools, or nationwide.

Dear Me:

  • Reflect on what you would like the future to bring in a year, two years, five years, ten years, or more! To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month in May, be sure to include how you have taken care of your mental health or your goals for taking care of your mental health in the future. Your message can remind you of your accomplishments or be a reminder of what you’ve overcome and experienced. Use this as an opportunity to send your future-self a hopeful message that reminds you about your resiliency and strength.
  • The lime green ribbon is a symbol of mental health and should be incorporated in your submission in a creative way!
  • Share with your future self how you are “more than a mental illness.” What are the amazing qualities you have and the things you are most passionate about?
  • Create a piece of art or short film that shares a message of hope and encouragement to your future self. You could share some of the coping techniques that are working for you, how you overcame adversity, or how you successfully managed your mental health or mental illness.
Please enter a number from 0 to 25.

Justice: What do you think can be done so that there can be real change? Share your thoughts on actions that people can take to make a difference.

Submissions can:

  • Creatively express a change you want to see in your community.
  • Share a personal story/life experience that connects to what’s happening on a larger scale in communities, schools, or nationwide.
  • Encourage someone to change their perspective or become an ally.
  • Increase knowledge and taking a stand against injustice.
  • Explain a term from the ADL list provided and include at least one action that young people can take.
  • Explain the difference between prejudice, bias, stereotypes, microaggressions, and discrimination and knowing what makes each of those unique is an important foundation for having constructive conversations.
  • Encourage others to critically think about what they see and hear in the media.