League of Women Voters of Massachusetts Launches “Dear Future Governor” Student Video Contest

February 1, 2014 / Boston — With the Massachusetts gubernatorial election just nine months away, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA) has launched the “Dear Future Governor” Student Video Contest, an opportunity for high school students around the Commonwealth to let the next Governor know what’s on their minds.

LWVMA invites all Massachusetts high school students to create two-minute videos illustrating a problem or issue in their communities that they hope the next Governor will address.  The three top winners will be awarded $1000, $500, and $250, and their videos will be publicized by LWVMA.

Entries may be submitted online from February 1 through March 31, 2014 at www.lwvma.org.  Judging will take place in April, and winners will be announced in May.  The Judging Committee—composed of members of LWVMA, as well as members of the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council—will look for a clear and compelling message, memorable content and delivery, and creativity.

“The main goal of our ‘Dear Future Governor’ Student Video Contest is to provide an opportunity for young people to speak out on the topics that are important to them and possibly help shape the next Governor’s agenda,” said LWVMA Executive Director Meryl Kessler.

The contest is sponsored by the League of Women Voters Citizen Education Fund, which supports programs designed to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in democracy and increase understanding of public policy issues.  Official rules and further details are available at www.lwvma.org.

About the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

Since its founding in 1920, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has been a respected and trusted voice for citizen participation in our democracy.  With 48 local Leagues throughout the state and approximately 3,000 members, LVWMA has been at the forefront of efforts to empower and educate Massachusetts voters and effect change on a wide range of issues, including election laws and campaign finance, natural resources and the environment, women’s health, children’s issues, state budget and finances, public education, and public safety.  Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages. For more information about the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, go to www.lwvma.org.