Thank goodness schools are opening in person this fall, and your students can finally shine in the spotlight of live high school plays, concerts, art exhibits, film festivals, athletic and technology competitions once again.
While that's exciting on its own, we’re announcing a 100% FREE, virtual Fall Festival of Teen Talent and Potential, and partnering with celebrities like Broadway, film and TV stars Kristin Chenoweth and Megan Hilty to build an uplifting, nationwide movement and give them the applause they’ve been missing for far too long!
We hope YOU will rally all of your students, parents and communities to join the celebration!
Starting September 1st, teenage singers, dancers, musicians, visual artists, athletes, writers, film makers, inventors and more can upload videos to dozens of virtual stages. Then from October 1st to November 30th, massive online audiences (including college and talent recruiters) will visit the virtual venues to cheer and vote for their favorites.
This is an UPLIFTING, free, online opportunity for your students (age 13-19) to
shine in the virtual spotlight (the next best thing to live performances, exhibits and competitions)
“hear” applause and encouragement from massve online audiences (and their favorite celebrities!)
win Verge Awards and prizes (and hopefully, scholarships!)
be discovered by college and other talent recruiters
use their passions for visual and performing arts, STEM, advocacy and/or volunteerism to raise awareness of and $millions for causes they care about (which can be truly rewarding and empowering during these tough times)
recruit volunteers and raise $investments for their own ideas and inventions
earn National Core Arts, STEM and/or capstone, community service and volunteerism credit (if you so choose!)
Something forEVERY TEEN!
to shine in the spotlight or play critical behind-the-scenes roles!
Festival of Teen Talent, Passions & Potential
Dozens of Virtual Stages & Galleries showcase all forms of talent!
Youth-Led Creative Force for Good
Cause-specific challenges empower teens to use their passions to "Be the change"
Benefit Variety Shows!
Teens are the “stars” in virtual benefit variety shows that showcase Festival entries and raise awareness of and $millions for causes teens care most about
Visual / Media Arts Challenges
Visual artists create Verge Awards stages, trophies, animations, pictograms, web content and more
Music Production Challenges
Musicians compose Verge Awards theme songs, jingles, music for variety show segments and ads.
(A different theme will be featured each week in the benefit variety shows!)
Be the Face of The Verge Awards
Outgoing personalities emcee variety show segments; journalists capture inspiring, educational or entertaining stories; content creators build social media channels
Student leaders and marketers build a massive, uplifting movement
Build virtual cheering sections, run social media, PR and digital advertising campaigns and more to help raise $millions from sponsors
By simply encouraging students to visit the website, or even incorporating The Verge Awards' numerous opportunities into your 2021-22 curriculum, you will:
spark creativity and lively classroom (especially virtual classroom) discussions
provide real word, culturally-relevant learning opportunities
reach and empower disengaged students by demonstrating your support of their unique passions & abilities
improve attendance, engagement and academic achievement
discover and support hidden talent and potential among your more reserved students
increase collaboration and mutual respect among students
engage parents in an uplifting expression of their teens' passions
Now – Oct 31:
Rolling Entry Submissions
Teens upload entries to the Festival and Creative Force for Good.
All entries will be screened for appropriate content. Students may also opt-in for adjudicatino and voting to be considered for awards and variety shows
Oct 1 – Nov 30:
Virtual stages and galleries open for viewing/voting
Approved entries will be displayed in their respective virtual venues in the order they are received.
Dec. - Feb. '22:
“Teens on the Verge” Weekly Benefit Variety Shows!
Showcasing entries from the Festival and CFG (no separate entry process)!
(Dates tentative pending content received)
Then we'll do it again next spring!
(And twice every year hereafter!)
NOTICE! PILOT variety show episode deadline is September 30th.
We are seeking:
Exceptional entries to the Festival (all talent categories) - with broad guidelines, students may upload existing artwork, inventions and footage or quickly create something new
Creative, STEM, social change entries to the Creative Force for Good for:
Coronavirus relief, COVID immunization
Diversity - celebrating all forms of teen passions, cultures, aspirations (to be featured in each weekly episode)
Actors, social influencers, journalists – audition via video upload to be variety show hosts and correspondents
Your level of INVOLVEMENTis up to you.
We know you're exhausted, so all we ask is for you to share the news! If you'd like to engage more?
Help spread the word!
encourage them take part in something exciting and uplifting, a way to use their skills to help others
talk through the high level programming (Festival, CFG, Benefit Shows), how to participate, deadlines
print and display/distribute flyers with link to the website
tell parents/guardians about the opportunities
Talk through opportunities; add optional deliverables into your curriculum
talk through the many talents we are celerbating in the Festival, CFG, creative challenges
discuss Creative Force for Good cause-related challenges and ways they can use their strengths and passions to “Be the change!”
create optional deliverables to earn arts, STEM and/or capstone, community service credit
Provide direct support to students
encourage classroom collaboration e.g. produce benefit shows, compose theme songs, develop marketing and social media campaigns
help students develop challenging, personally-relevant goals that tap into their passions
provide support/point to available learning resources
provide ongoing feedback and encouragement
Join our EDUCATORS' NETWORK for updates and announcements, to share best practices and more!
All teens age 13-19 may participate whether or not they are enrolled in high school, and even if they are in junior high school or college.
There is NO COST for teens to participate; schools are not required to pay any fees or perform any administrative tasks. (All of our costs are covered by sponsorship fees.)
Teachers may choose to offer this online format as an option in their curricula and even offer Arts, STEM, capstone or community service credit toward graduation (but should never require students to participate)
We are employing relaxed judging criteria to encourage teens with no formal training but tremendous raw talent, passion and potential to participate
Teens may participate in the Festival and CFG just for the fun of it or opt-in for adjudication and public voting as they upload their entries.
There is no separate audition for the benefit variety shows! Weekly shows will feature entries to the Festival and CFG selected by adjudicators, celebrities, recruiters, public voting and random drawings.
We will screen all entries for appropriate content before posting them in their respective online venues. Any personal contact information about entrants will be strictly protected and never publicly displayed.
We anticipate pre-screened casting/talent scouts will visit the online venues, thousands of college recruiters will subscribe to the Talent Registry to offer scholarships, and corporate sponsors may offer internships, scholarships and other learning opportunities to participants.
School-based groups (music, dance, theatre, journalism, tech, etc.) may enter only if all members agree. They should not gather to produce a new entry if it is not safe to do so – instead, they may be creative and record a virtual performance
We will cover any copyright fees for protected works used by students if they declare their use upon uploading entries. If copyright owners decline use, the entry will not be published.