Your Sustainable Future Contest 2022

High School Student Contest (1)

ReImagine Jobs is launching the Your Sustainable Future contest! This contest, open only to Southwest Pennsylvania students in grades 9-12 who are at least 13 years old, invites you to submit a creative entry that speaks to what sustainability means to you and how you envision using your talents, skills, and ambitions to cultivate a vibrant and thriving future for our region! Check out the question and submission criteria below along with a timeline and sample judging rubric. We encourage you to use the wealth of information listed on our website (www.reimaginejobs.org) as a resource. Cash prizes and job shadowing opportunities will be offered for the top three submissions, and the contest will be judged by five professionals working in the region's sustainable economy. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]

Question: How do you imagine your future career path creating a more sustainable world?

First Place Entry $500 Second Place Entry $350 Third Place Entry $150 (1)
Contest Timeline (1)

Submit digital entries by 11:59pm on 5/31/22 via the form below. Non-digital entries should be submitted between 9am and 6pm on 5/31/22 at the Protect PT office (3344 PA-130 suite d, Harrison City, PA 15636). Name and contact info should only appear on the submission form, not on the entry itself. All entries must include a title either on the submission or on the cover page.

In the entry or the accompanying artist statement, the applicant should

  • clearly define their understanding of the term "sustainable"
  • Identify one of the 9 sectors from www.reimaginejobs.org that your career goals fit into; if your future career does not fit into any of the sectors, identify a new sector that includes that career and explain why that sector is important for the sustainable economy. 
  • Reference at least two employers or entrepreneurs in your chosen sector who inspire you. You can pull from the list of exhibitors at https://reimaginejobs.org/opportunity/, the job postings listed in the ReImagine Jobs newsletters at https://reimaginejobs.org/newsletters/, the companies and organizations featured in the ReImagine Jobs Spotlight webinar series https://reimaginejobs.org/jobs-spotlight/, or others not featured by ReImagine Jobs.

Acceptable submission mediums and requirements are as follows:

  1. ESSAY OR CREATIVE PROSE
    • Submitted as a PDF
    • No more than 1200 words
  2. POEM OR WRITTEN SONG
    • Between 750-1200 words
    • Submitted as a PDF
  3. VIRTUAL GRAPHIC ART (SUCH AS GRAPHIC DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY ETC)
    • Must be accompanied by an artist statement (250 words or less) describing the piece and how it meets the criteria
    • Submitted as a JPG
  4.  NON-VIRTUAL ART (SUCH AS PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS, SCULPTURES, WOODWORK, METALWORK, ETC) 
    • Must be accompanied by an artist statement (250 words or less) describing the piece and how it meets the criteria
    • See in-person submission details below
  5. VIDEO OR AUDIO (SUCH AS SHORT FILMS, ANIMATIONS, MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, ORATIONS, ETC)
    • Must be accompanied by an artist statement (250 words or less) describing the piece and how it meets the criteria
    • Maximum 5 minutes 
    • Submitted as .MP4 or .MOV
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