In Our Backyard:
2019 Public Service Announcement Contest
Online Voting Opens: Friday, April 5, 2019
Online Voting Ends: Friday, April 19, 2019
Winners Announced : Thursday, April 25, 2019
The trafficking of children for the purposes of sex is a major problem within the US. We all have a part to play in bringing an end to this exploitation and preventing the complex trauma that often results from sex trafficking. At LATO, we believe today’s youth have a powerful voice to effect change in our society, and we believe that they can stop trafficking in its tracks.
In order to shed light on this important issue, LATO invites all Philadelphia youth affiliated with a high school, youth organization or shelter to produce a brief scripted public service announcement (PSA), artistic expression, or poster that addresses the issue of child sex trafficking.
Participants are encouraged to use their knowledge and creativity to produce a scripted PSA; a video recording of a form of artistic expression; or a poster that addresses trafficking. The best scripted PSA will win $2,000. For the best artistic expression video, the prize will be $1,500. The best poster will be awarded $1,000. The winning PSAs will premiere on YouTube, LATO’s website, and social media accounts where applicable. Participants interested in social issues; media production; communications; theater arts; visual arts; and acting are strongly encouraged to participate.
Click here to download Contest Guidelines PDF
- Eligible participants must be between 14 - 21 years old.
- All participants must Register
- All participants under 18 must complete a Parent Consent Form.
- All participants must complete a Media Release.
- All participants must watch “In Our Backyard”
- Submission content should cover one of the following themes:
- Alerting teens to how traffickers/pimps lure teens
- The dangers of meeting an online “friend” alone
- Recognizing the signs of someone being trafficked
- Submission content must include vocabulary and facts from the “In Our Backyard” video and the onsite LATO information/support session provided in February.
- All entries must mention or visually highlight “Life After Trauma Organization -LATO”.
- Each team must have a Project Sponsor, who works at the school, within a youth organization, or shelter. Project Sponsors must be over 21 years of age.
- All submissions should be sent in a compressed media file (JPEG, GIF, PNG) to email@example.com.
- Submissions should not include any personal identifying information of the participants (i.e. no first and last names)
- Submissions should use original music and images; any entry using copyrighted music or images will be disqualified.
- Entries with profanity or nudity will be disqualified.
Media Specific Guidelines
Scripted Video PSA Guidelines:
- Scripted PSA video entries should be no more than 3 minutes long and shot on a cell phone
- The PSA team must consist of 2 to 5 participants in the same high school, organization, or shelter.
Artistic Expression Guidelines:
- Artistic Expression is any original work including(but not limited to): dance, step, song, poem, rap, etc.
- Artistic Expression video entries should be no more than 3 minutes long and shot on a cell phone
- Artistic expression teams must consist of 2 or more participants in the same high school, organization, or shelter.
- Poster teams must be made by 1 - 2 participants in the same high school, organization, or shelter.
- Posters dimensions should be 24” x 36” or 36” x 48”
- Poster entries should be submitted in hard copy form as well as a JPEG/PNG
Project Sponsors are responsible for overseeing their team’s production process. Sponsors commit to:
- ensuring group members attend designated LATO activities;
- monitoring participants for at least 4 hours during their preparation for the PSA contest;
- maintaining ongoing correspondence with LATO team members from January 2019 to April 2019;
- organizing a February 90 minute LATO follow-up visit to School/youth organization/shelter;
- organizing transportation and chaperones to and from Contest Award Ceremony
(tentative date early May 2019)
Online Voting: Online voting via LATO’s website will take place March 22, 2019 to April 5, 2019. Online votes will account for 40% of the final decisions with the remaining 60% being cast by LATO members.
Winner Announcement: Winners will be announced online and via email on Friday, April 12, 2019 with an awards ceremony to follow in early May 2019.