Youth Video Competition

Youth ages 13-21 are encouraged to enter the Coalition for Juvenile Justice’s Youth Video Competition. The competition is being held as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. The winning videos will be shown at CJJ's Youth Summit, and included in 40 for the 40th, a joint venture between CJJ and Act 4 JJ.

40 for the 40th aims to bring together a collection of 40 multi-media stories that discuss the impact the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) has had on real life people. Video submissions should be no longer than 2 minutes in length.

All entries must be received by July 15, at which time they will be posted on CJJ’s YouTube channel.  Viewers will then have a chance to vote for the best video between July 21 and July 31. The winner will be announced at the Youth Summit and their video will be shown at that time.

Contest Rules and Regulations
  • All videos should be taken in a quiet, well-lit area.
  • Videos should be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes in length.
  • Videos must not include profane or disparaging language. Videos must not promote discrimination in any form, regardless of whether that discrimination is based upon race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • All parties who have a speaking role or who are otherwise distinctly featured in the video must submit a signed waiver indicating that they are aware that the video will be included in the competition and shown publicly. Individuals who took part in the making of the video also must submit a signed release indicating the same. If any of the parties who are featured in the video or involved in its creation are under the age of 18, a signed parental consent form must also be submitted for that individual.
  • Videos should relate in some way to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and the impact the legislation has had on the speaker/submitter’s life.
  • Video submissions must be smaller than 20 megabytes. Files must be playable in Windows Media Player.
  • Videos must include only original work.  Copyrighted materials and logos cannot be included in the video. This includes, for example, songs that were not the submitter’s original creation, as well as t-shirts and hats featuring specific brands or teams. 


The contest is open to entrants between the ages of 13 and 21. Submissions must be sent to Naomi Smoot at smoot@juvjustice.org by midnight (E.S.T.) on July 15, 2014. Voting will begin July 21, 2014 and end on midnight, July 31.