Thank goodness schools opened in person this fall, and your students can hopefully 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 want to do more - so we’re partnering with celebrities like Broadway, film and TV stars Kristin Chenoweth and Megan Hilty to host a 100% FREE, virtual Festival of Teen Talent and Potential, a Youth-Led Creative Force for Good, and "Teens on the Verge" virtual benefit variety shows to give your students 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!
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 be behind-the-scenes all stars!
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 creatives 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 (including virtual) 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
Jan. 1 - Feb. 28*
Rolling Entry Submissions
Teens upload entries to the Festival and Creative Force for Good.
Students may opt-in for adjudication and voting to be considered for awards and variety shows
Virtual stages and galleries open for viewing/voting
All entries will be screened for appropriate content. Approved entries will be displayed in their respective virtual venues.
“Teens on the Verge” Weekly Benefit Variety Shows Begin!
Showcasing entries from the Festival and CFG (no separate entry process)!
*All dates tentative
Then we'll do it again next year!
(And twice every year hereafter!)
Frequently Asked QUESTIONSfrom Educators:
TOP TEN (10) FAQ's:
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.
Your level of INVOLVEMENTis up to you.
Help spread the word!
encourage students to 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 links 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 celebrating
discuss Creative Force for Good cause-related challenges and ways they can use their 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
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