Monday, January 31, 2011

Calgary AfterSchool Program Launches Video Contest for Youth

The City’s Calgary AfterSchool program is running a video contest to help raise awareness of its youth programs.

“In this day and age a lot of people have access to video cameras or can take video on their phones,” says Zorian Klymochko, a community development worker for Calgary AfterSchool. “We thought this would be a creative way to get children and youth more involved in the Calgary AfterSchool framework and bring awareness to the great activities for them across Calgary.”

Participants need to make an original movie showing what Calgary AfterSchool means to them, and then upload it to YouTube.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest, even those who aren’t currently taking part in a Calgary AfterSchool program.

The contest has three rounds for entry with deadlines on Feb. 16, Apr. 15, and June 10. The top five entries from each round will be invited to participate in a final video viewing at Cardel Place Theatre at the end of June where the grand prize winner will be announced.

Prizes include:
  • 4th generation iPod Touch 36GB
  • Chinook Centre/Market Mall gift cards
  • Calgary Flames tickets
  • Calgary Hitmen tickets
  • Calgary Roughnecks tickets
  • Ski/snowboard day pass for Canada Olympic Park
The Calgary AfterSchool program offers Calgary youth positive, structured activities during to help build stronger and safer communities. Research shows that children and youth who are provided with safe and stimulating environments between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are at significantly less risk of getting involved in negative activites like crime, joining a gang, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy and obtaining poor grades.

To find more information about the video contest, please visit

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