Register For The Silence Empowers Violence Expo Below!
This monumental EXPO will convene youth and young adults from across the city, state, and nation in Newport News Va. to compete in creating effective; innovative violence prevention, intervention & post-vention commUnity initiatives/solutions.
-To EDUCATE participants about the negative effects of not speaking up or taking action when they witness or experience violence.
-To ENCOURAGE, EMPOWER and EQUIP participants with effective strategies(tools) to take action when they witness or experience violence AND be leaders in violence prevention efforts in their respective communities.
-To ENGAGE participants in creative and meaningful violence prevention, intervention, and post-vention competitions.
-To CONNECT participants with violence prevention and community engagement focused organizations.
* How Expo Works:
The Silence Empowers Violence…Break The Code Expo is an annual two-day community event that takes place during the Silence Empowers Violence…Break The Code AWARNESS to ACTION Week.
1.) Participants ages 10-24 will compete individually and or in groups for various awards/cash prizes in the following areas centered around the Silence Empowers Violence…Break The Code Awareness to Action movement. (Literacy, Technology, Creative Arts, Entrepreneurship, CommUNITY and Athletics.) Participants competing in the athletic portion of the EXPO will also be required to register to compete in one of the other five areas of competition, (Literacy, Technology, Creative Arts, Entrepreneurship and CommUNITY.)
2.) Participants will be divided into the following four competition Categories: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6 -8), High School (9-12), and College/Young Adults (18-24).
3.) Participants MUST register to compete/participate in the Expo at: www.thecatalysteffect.com and complete their project by the designated deadline.
*Permission slips will be required for participants under the age of 18.
*Liability Waivers will be required for ALL participants.
*Expo Features: Cash Prizes, Giveaways, Entertainment, Guest Speakers, Light Refreshments, S.E.V. Youth-Led Interactive Workshop, CommUNITY Real Talk Session, Recruitment/Sign Up Opportunities for youth from Youth-Oriented Organizations (mentoring, empowerment training, community service, sports, violence prevention etc.) and a community “You Are Loved ceremony”- (Honoring & Encouraging families that have lost loved ones to violent crime.)
*1. LITERACY CONTEST
Summary: Participants will write a 1-2 page double-spaced essay answering the following questions pertaining to the Silence Empowers Violence Movement.
Participants: Middle & High School Students
*To register for the Literacy Contest, scroll to the bottom of this page.
*2a. CREATIVE ARTS (I)- POSTER CONTEST
Summary: Participants will create a poster that relates to the Silence Empowers Violence...Break The Code message.
Participants: Elementary (4th & 5th Grade), Middle & High School.
*2b. CREATIVE ARTS (II)- (Rap/song, Dance, Monologue, Spoken Word, etc.)
Summary: Participants will create a 1-3 minute song, skit rap, poem/spoken word, jungle, dance, etc. that relates to the Silence Empowers Violence...Break the Code message & movement.
Participants: Middle School & High School Students
(Note: participants submitting a dance video must create their dance to the Silence Empowers Violence theme song. To access the song, click on the "contest rules" link below.)
*4. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Summary: Participants will create an idea that galvanizes commUNITY around the Silence Empowers Violence…Break The Code awareness to action message and movement. (i.e.- service, party, cookout, sports, talent show, etc.)
Participants: Middle & High School Students
*To register for the CommUNITY Engagement category, scroll to the bottom of this page.
-All winning Literacy, Creative Arts, Technology, CommUNITY and Entrepreneurship ideas will receive cash prizes and become the property of The Catalyst Effect.
-Winning projects will also be featured on various TCE and community partner’s website and social media sites.
-Lastly, contest winners will have the opportunity to showcase and perform their work at local community-oriented organizations/businesses (e.g., churches, schools, community events, youth organizations, government entities, media outlets, etc.) during the SEVBTC tour that follows the SEVBTC Awareness to Action week.