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“The World I Want” Video Contest for Middle and High School Students

The United Nations Association (UNA) of the Southern New York State Division is conducting a YouTube video contest, “The World I Want,” that is open to currently enrolled middle and high school students (grades 6-12).  Video submissions should aim to illustrate the applicant’s idea of how the world should be and incorporate UN values, such as the importance of humanitarian aid, equal rights and global peace.

Eligible students must live or go to school in the five boroughs of New York City or in the following counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. YouTube video submissions, which should be no less than two minutes and no more than five minutes in length, are due on or before September 30, 2013. Only one entry is allowed per person. Videos containing inappropriate content will be disqualified.

Six winners will be selected: a first, second and third place awardee for high school students and a first, second and third place awardee for middle school students. Each first place winner will receive the grand prize of a private tour of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City by a UNA Southern New York State Division board member, and receive his or her award at the UNA-USA Young Professionals benefit dinner in December as a special guest. The winning entries will be contacted by October 31.

Other winners will be invited to Chapter or Division events where they will receive their awards.  Winners will also receive a gift of $250 for 1st place, $150 for 2nd place and $75 for 3rd place.  All winners will have their videos displayed on the UNA Southern New York State Division website.  All entrants will receive a certificate of participation.

For more details on contest rules and regulations, visit For more about the UNA-USA Westchester Chapter, visit