Monthly Prompt Judging Form


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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 or call (707) 394-8708.

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Entry Details


Sock Monkeys Johnny & Mary



A note from the youth artist about their submission

Art has always been my favorite form of self expression. I love to create things. As a child I had a sock monkey that I would take with me everywhere. His name was Johnny and that is what inspired this art project. I wanted to create one using my own socks. May sound a bit gross using used socks for art but art can be anything. Gross or not! Who cares! I made two sock monkeys named after one of my favorite songs, Johnny and Mary by Black Marble. This project was based around nostalgia, and my tendency to stay stuck in the past. Nostalgia is my favorite feeling. I love to reminisce. So much so I often stay stuck in the past and hold on tight to things that should be let go. This isn’t always harmful but I find myself having a hard time being present. I remember when I lost my sock monkey as a child I cried about it for days and days. I would not accept a new one at all. I wanted my Johnny. That’s a normal thing to do as a kid but not as an almost 18 year old. I still believe this way. Yikes I know. After I completed making a new Johnny I thought he seemed lonely so I decided to give him a partner. I loved them so much but I decided to give them away as a way of showing myself i’m capable of doing so. And I did although it was hard. Letting go of things is a necessary part of life and embracing it. I didn’t wanna let go of Johnny as a kid which is very reminiscent of my attachment to the past. It felt good to see something I was so proud of go to someone I love. I like to hog my art. But Im no longer going to hog onto things. Im going to embrace this very moment and let go.

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Messaging Scoring Measures

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May is Mental Health Matters Month and a great time to take action for mental health. Youth were asked to create a film, poem, or art piece about how young people can #takeaction4MH by checking-in with themselves and others, learning more about mental health, and getting support when needed. All submissions should incorporate the lime green ribbon as a symbol of mental health.
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While this scoring measure is highly subjective and based on each individual’s feelings after viewing the submission, the goal of this scoring measure is to judge how well the youth succeeded in inspiring the audience in a way that leaves a lasting and meaningful impact and/or provided information that will advance knowledge on the topic.
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This is less about content, but about the creativity used to communicate the content.
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  • 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.
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