Overview and Instructions
As more and more families across America are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, many teenagers as well are becoming aware of this heartbreaking brain disease—from personal experiences in their own families, watching friends and neighbors, or involvement in community service.
Recognizing this, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a national nonprofit organization, has created a division specifically for teens, AFA Teens. Its goals include raising awareness among teenagers and the general public about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias; providing education, counseling and support to young family members; enabling teens to share feelings with other teens and experts; and referring teens and their family members to supportive services.
In a further effort to provide an outlet for teenagers to think creatively about Alzheimer’s disease and to engage the younger generation in this cause, AFA is pleased to offer the AFA Teens Video Competition for teens ages 13-19. AFA will award $500 to the grand-prize winner and $250 to the first runner-up.
The deadline for applications is December 1 of each year. This competition provides an excellent opportunity for teenagers to reflect on why Alzheimer’s disease is becoming an issue that is increasingly important to their own lives and those around them. Students are required to submit an autobiography and create an artistic or documentary (non-fiction) video of two minutes or less that conveys the following:
- A moment in relation to Alzheimer’s disease when you learned something about your understanding of the disease, learned something about caregiving, or decided to become a community volunteer/activist.
To qualify, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. A committee selected by AFA will judge all timely submissions. Author identity will remain anonymous during the judging. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
AFA will award $500 to the grand-prize winner and $250 to the first runner-up. AFA will require these applicants’ social security numbers in order to process payment. On February 1, AFA will notify the grand-prize winner and runner-up.
The winner and runner-up will agree to: supply his or her social security number; have his or her name and city published; have his or her video published on the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and AFA Teens Web sites, as well as social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; provide AFA with a photo to be used for publicity purposes and for distribution to the media; and be available for interviews with the media if required. Winning videos will become property of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. AFA will also retain the right to grant permission to publish the winning videos and/or clips.
Please print and review the checklist below to make sure that you meet all of the requirements and have included all necessary documents needed to qualify for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Teens Video Competition.
United States citizenship or permanent residence
Are between the ages of 13 and 19 on the application due date
Submit all required materials by the application deadline
Winner and runner-up will be required to supply Social Security number in order to process awards
One copy of completed and signed application form
One copy of brief, typewritten autobiography in essay format. (Brief would be considered a word length of 200 words, for example)
One copy of video on cd- or dvd-rom (enclosed in disc envelope) or submitted through the online application form and no longer than two minutes in length that conveys the following: A moment in relation to Alzheimer’s disease when you learned something about your understanding of the disease, learned something about caregiving, or decided to become a community volunteer/activist.
Video is not a fictional account, depiction or dramatization; it must be an artistic or documentary video.
Video does not use music or images without permission (Music must either be created before 1922, self-created through garage band, or an original composition of the applicant (no music may be borrowed from other musicians, an entirely original composition)
Video does not depict illegal activity (alcohol, drugs, threats, violence), obscene or vulgar language or hand gestures, or sexually provocative pictures
Video has not been submitted to or aired on other media, including YouTube
Stock images must be royalty-free and applicant must check to ensure that they have permission to depict individuals with Alzheimer’s disease
Video is your own original work
The winner and runner-up will agree to supply photo consent forms for all of the individuals and facilities filmed in their video ( The winner and runner-up will agree to supply photo consent forms for all of the individuals and facilities filmed in their video.)
To officially be named a winner or runner-up and to process payment, applicants must supply documentation verifying U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (U.S. passport, birth certificate; driver’s license is not acceptable) and their Social Security number
The winner and runner-up will agree to supply photo consent forms for all of the individuals and facilities filmed in their video.
To qualify, materials must be submitted through AFA’s online application (www.afateens.org) by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on December 1 or mailed and postmarked on or before December 1 to:
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Attention: AFA Teens Video Competition
FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS CLOSELY. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Examples of applications that will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered:
- If all required materials are not postmarked by December 1 or submitted through AFA’s online application form (www.afateens.org) by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on December 1, the application will be disqualified An application that is received at midnight ET or thereafter on December 2 will not be accepted. If the due date falls on a weekend or holiday, recognize that the post office might be closed and that the postmark must still be no later than December 1.
- All applications must be submitted via mail or through AFA’s online application form; applications submitted by fax or email will not be considered.
- The applicant’s autobiography must describe the applicant in essay format. CVs and resumes will not be accepted.
- If video exceeds two minutes in length.
AFA is not responsible for any applications that are lost or damaged in the mail or via the online application process.