ChangingAging readers — the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) needs our help. In honor of Older Americans Month, AoA has launched a social networking initiative aimed at fostering engagement between the generations by way of an online video challenge “Connecting Generations.”
The Video Challenge seeks to bring together multiple generations to create videos featuring the roles elders play in connecting us all. Anyone can participate by joining an intergenerational team—including at least one person age 60 or older and one person younger than 60—to produce a video. They have a cool website featuring the contest here: www.OlderAmericansMonth.org
A panel of judges will select the best video and honor the winner with… (drum roll please) public recognition.
Unfortunately, it appears a grand prize consisting of being featured on AoA’s website has attracted a sum total of ZERO participants, and the May 2 deadline for submissions is only weeks away.
AoA needs our help. This is a great opportunity for ChangingAging advocates to go out and use technology to share perspectives on how older Americans maintain and strengthen connections in our communities. We know there are millions of stories waiting to be told.
AoA has posted detailed instructions on how easy it is to create a quick video and load it on YouTube to enter the contest: http://challenge.gov/AoA/142-connecting-generations-video-challenge
To sweeten the pot, ChangingAging is announcing it will feature ALL entries to the contest on the blog and it will award the winner of the Connecting Generations video project with an HD Flip Camera. This offer is in no way connected to AoA and we hope doesn’t violate any federal rules governing the contest (which is the only reason I can think of they didn’t offer a some kind of prize themselves).
We’ll be checking daily for submissions but please give us a heads up if you participate. Good luck!