Announcing: Contests!

YVOTE? Video Contest

Calling all millennials! Win prizes for video recording your beliefs about participating in the voting process. Will you be voting in the upcoming elections? If yes, send us a 30-second video about why you decided to vote? If no, send us a 30-second video about why are not exercising your right to vote.

A Grand Prize of $200, a second-place prize of $100, and four (4) $50 prizes will be given for the most creative and thoughtful 30-second videos submitted in the contest. Videos will be judged by a panel of social work students from schools throughout the country.

The contest is opened to young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 years old. Videos must be submitted via Google Drive no later than November 23, 2016. Use high-quality recording on your cellphone or recording device. The contest producer reserves the right to disqualify any video due to content or quality concerns. Submitted videos become the property of the contest producer.

Each contestant is allowed to submit one video.

Please complete the registration form to enter the contest:

Faculty Research Award

The Voter Empowerment Campaign Announces

$2000 Faculty Research Award

This award will be granted to a faculty member who documents and evaluates the impact of a training program for students, enabling them to mount a voter empowerment campaign that engages clients of social service agencies. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to use the training evaluation instruments developed by the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work (see ) for greater comparability of results nationwide.

Additionally, applicants may want to evaluate outcomes of the voter empowerment campaign itself, looking at outcomes for clients, students, and agency personnel. Both quantitative and qualitative studies are encouraged. The successful awardee will present final evaluation results at the 2017 Policy Conference, June 1-3, 2017, in St. Louis, MO.

To apply for this award, submit:

  • A three to five page summary (excluding references) of the training program used and the student outcomes from participating in the training. The summary may also include the description of the voter empowerment campaign and its outcomes on clients and agency staff.
  • Include within the submission a 50-word abstract of the effort.
  • A separate sheet with the author(s)’ names, affiliations, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses should be submitted as well.

Both documents may be emailed to Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. at

Deadline for applications is March 20, 2017.

Social Work Program Contests

Voter Empowerment Campaign Announces

Social Work Program Contests

Two Winners: One Urban and One Rural

$500 each

In this election year, the Voter Empowerment Campaign is encouraging social work programs to initiate voter engagement activities (voter registration, voter education, and GOTV efforts) with local community agencies and their clients so that more people will have their voices heard and politicians will start paying attention to the diverse interests and needs of the communities they represent. Visit the Voter Empowerment Campaign website (www.votingissocialwork) to learn more about our work and to access free resources to help you in your local efforts.

Contest entries can be either short Word documents (no more than three pages), videos (no longer than about three minutes), or powerpoint slides. Make sure you have permission of anyone you film or photograph. Please include perspectives from faculty, students, and agency personnel involved in the project.

Winners will be featured on our website. All entries will be considered for a special panel at the 2017 Policy Conference on June 1-3 in St. Louis, MO.

Regardless of format, your program’s entry should include:

  1. Specific goal of your project and whether your setting is urban or rural
  2. Discussion of the strategies that you used (use resources on our website)
  3. Challenges you faced in implementation
  4. How you evaluated your effort (resources available on our website)
  5. What you learned from this project and what you might do differently the next time

Include a separate cover sheet that lists the name of the program and location, the primary faculty and students involved, with their addresses, phone numbers, and emails.

Deadline for applications is March 20, 2017.

Applications may be sent to Tanya Smith at Video applications may be posted online with a link provided on the cover sheet.