Submission is open to US citizens and US based young people between the ages of 13 and 19 years old on January 1, 2021. Submission must be received by 11:59 pm PT on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Only submissions entered through MyImpact Challenge’s online portal will be accepted for the contest. The contest is designed for one student per entry, but groups of up to five students may submit as a single group entry. Prizes awarded to group entries will be split evenly between entrants.
Each submission must include the following:
- An essay of up to 1,200 words expressing the student’s a) understanding of the ideal of “E Pluribus Unum” and how their project furthers that ideal in their community b) How their project furthers at least one Civic Virtue and one of Founding Principle as defined in the Bill of Right’s Institutes “Principles and Virtues.”
- A report of up to 2,000 words detailing a student’s completed or in-progress civic engagement project. Report must include the following components.
- The inspiration for the project.
- The project plan.
- Details of the project’s execution
- At least two examples of the project’s demonstrated impact on the community.
- How the student(s) grew in understanding of the role of Civic virtue, knowledge of their communities, and their ability to support or impact them.
- Visual documentation of the student’s project and its results in one of the following formats:
- Photographic Only: No fewer than ten and no more than twenty high-resolution still photographs, submitted in either JPEG or PNG format.
- Video Only: One video of no more than five minutes, submitted in MP4 format
- Mixed Photographic and Video: No fewer than five and no more than seven high-resolution still photographs as well as one video of no more than two minutes. Photographs must be in either JPEG or PNG format, and video must be in MP4 format.
Clearly demonstrates a meaningful impact on the community. At least two examples of meaningful impact should be demonstrated. (10 points possible for each)
Content includes five required components: Project inspiration, Project plan, Details of the project execution, two examples of the project's impact on a community of which the student is a part. (Up to 2 points awarded for each component)
Clearly explains several ways in which the student grew in understanding of the role of Civic virtue, knowledge of their communities, and their ability to support or impact them.
Shows a large amount of original thought. Ideas are creative and inventive.
Content well organized, coherent, logical, and generally free of spelling and grammatical errors.
E Pluribus Unum Essay
Coherent, logical, and persuasive writing that is generally free of spelling and grammatical errors
Understanding of E Pluribus Unum
Student defines "E Pluribus Unum" in a compelling way that demonstrates thoughtfulness about the concept.
Civic Virtue & Founding Principles
Student clearly articulates at least one Civic Virtues and one Founding Principle motivating their project.
Connection to Project
Student clearly articulates how their project advances the of the principle of "E Pluribus Unum."
Completion and Appropriateness
Photographs and/or video conformed to the submission guidelines and were appropriate.
Photographs enhanced understanding of the project.
Photographs and/or video demonstrated the impact of the project on the community.