NEW DEADLINE: Positive Youth Development’s Pitch Competition for ages 14 – 25

NEW DEADLINE: Positive Youth Development’s Pitch Competition for ages 14 – 25

Calling all youth and young adults! We invite you to submit your idea for a service, support or opportunity that will help young people thrive and reach their full potential. Participants may submit a 90 second video as well as supporting visuals for their idea!

The ideas cannot exceed $5,000 and can be submitted individually or as a group. There will be a virtual Q&A held on August 10, 2022 from 4-6pm.

Pitch submissions can be submitted up until Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 11:59pm.
About The Event

This event is an opportunity for youth and young adults to use their voice (both verbally and non-verbally) to tell the community what they need to be successful.

Youth voice is fundamental to youth engagement. Youth voice is the means through which young people become actors in their own learning, participate in the decisions that affect them, and become active citizens.

Unfortunately, most communities, organizations and schools do not seek to maximize youth voice. Through this event, our goal is to change the status quo by highlighting and uplifting the ideas created by our youth and young adults.

Allowing young people the platform to speak their own ideas, opinions, and advice to others is transformative in itself.

Youth voice encourages youth engagement, fosters feelings of self-worth, and builds leadership skills that prime young people for civic life.

Giving young people a voice in school or a program empowers them and makes them feel like they belong, they are valued, and their contributions matter.

Youth voice can inspire change! Young people are experts on their own lives, and their lived experiences should be heard and used to advocate for change.

We live in a time where advocacy and grassroots movements have been instrumental in highlighting social issues and bringing about positive change.

Through this Positive Youth Development Pitch Competition we can empower youth to advocate for change that impacts not just their lives, but also the lives of their peers.

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Pitch submissions can be submitted up until Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 11:59pm.
Schedule of Events

Round 1: Pitch Submissions

September 14, 2022 @ 11:59pm

Pitch submissions can be submitted up until Friday, September 14, 2022 at 11:59pm.

Round 2: Pitch Interviews

September 15th – September 18th

Pitch submissions that have been selected to move to the second round, will be scheduled for an interview. The interviews will be 10 minutes and will allow participants to provide additional information regarding their pitch idea.

Round 3: Award Ceremony

Saturday, October 1st @ 5pm

Nomads Adventure Quest

Pitch ideas that have been selected for the final round will be invited to the Awards Ceremony where their pitches will be showcased in front of an audience. Final winners will be announced.

Pitch Competition Rules
  1. Submissions must be done by a youth or young adult between the ages of 14-25.
  2. Youth and young adults must be residents of Connecticut.
  3. Ideas for services, supports and opportunities must benefit young people between 14-25.
  4. Funding request can not $5,000.
  5. Video submissions cannot exceed 90 seconds.
  6. Only one submission per individual/group will be accepted
Submission Questions
  1. Full name for all participants (even if part of a group)
  2. Age for all participants (even if part of a group)
  3. Race & ethnicity for all participants (even if part of a group)
  4. Gender for all participants (even if part of a group)
  5. Email address for all participants (even if part of a group)
  6. City/Town for all participants (even if part of a group)
  7. Date of birth for all participants (even if part of a group)
  8. Phone number for all participants (even if part of a group)
  9. Does your idea have a name or a title? If so, what is it?
  10. If you had up to $5000 what support, service or opportunity would you create to help young people thrive & succeed?
  11. How does your idea support youth voice?
  12. If your idea is selected what organization, company or business would help you with implementing your idea?
  13. How much funding would you need to implement your service, support, or opportunity?
  14. How many young people will benefit from your idea?
  15. Would you like to share a link to a video to support your idea?
  16. Would you like to upload any pictures or slides?
  17. Would you like to share a social profile link?
  18. Is there anything you would like share about yourself or your group?
FAQ
  • Can the funds be used to for a one time event or activity?

Yes, funds can be used for a one-time event or activity

  • What is a support? Supports are the mentors, caring adults, and teachers who offer guidance and positive relationships with young people. Additional supports are clear expectations, boundaries, and structured settings as well as access to information and resources.
  • What is a service? Services are all the things adults do to help meet children’s and young people’s needs, such as providing shelter, food, clothing, health care, education, and more.
  • What is an opportunity? Opportunities are chances for youth to practice, fine-tune, and advance the skills they have learned, as well as occasions for leadership and contribution through youth engagement. Supports are the mentors, caring adults, and teachers who offer guidance and positive relationships with young people. Additional supports are clear expectations, boundaries, and structured settings as well as access to information and resources.
  • What is youth voice? Youth voice refers to the distinct ideas, opinions, attitudes, knowledge, and actions of young people as a collective body. The term youth voice often groups together a diversity of perspectives and experiences, regardless of backgrounds, identities, and cultural differences.
  • If selected, will I receive the funding or will it go to an organization? Winning ideas will need to identify a valid organization or entity to receive the funding.  If the winning idea is not associated with an organization, idea, or entity, My People Community Services will serve as the fiduciary.
  • What is a fiduciary? An organization who is responsible for managing the financial aspects of the implementation of the idea.
  • Is this only for DCF involved youth? No! This statewide pitch competition is open to all young people between the ages of 14-25*