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Voting Now Open for 5th Annual Global RE@CH Media Festival

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Public voting will take place online between March 2 and March 20, 2020

We are proud to announce that voting is now open for the 5th Annual Global RE@CH Media Festival. The Clubhouse Network’s Global RE@CH Media Festival (Revolutionizing Expression at The Clubhouse) is the signature showcase of Clubhouse member-created media from around the world. The Festival encourages youth to express themselves about issues that are important to them by creating media that gives voice to their ideas, feelings, and concerns. Congratulations to every member who submitted an entry. We know how hard you worked to complete your projects. Thank you to our staff and mentors for your support!

Over 570 inspiring projects were submitted to our 5th Annual Global RE@CH Media Festival! From those submissions, we’ve narrowed it down to 183 finalists in 12 categories. Submissions came from across The Clubhouse Network, an international community of more than 100 Clubhouses located in 20 countries, providing youth with life-changing opportunities for over 25 years. Each Clubhouse provides a creative, safe, and free out-of-school learning environment where young people from underserved communities work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.

“What I love about RE@CH is that it spreads hope,” said The Clubhouse Network’s Community Liaison and RE@CH Founder, Jeff Arthur. “I’ve been told there’s something therapeutic when young people create personal media that allows them to express themselves. I’ve witnessed, first hand, the profound impact this media has on an audience. I’ve seen both youth and adults connect with projects so personally that it’s brought them to tears. Without even trying, these RE@CH projects are spreading empathy and HOPE.”

Without even trying, these RE@CH projects are spreading empathy and HOPE.

Each finalist is eligible for two awards. A panel of judges that includes Clubhouse Alumni, corporate partners, and former Clubhouse staff, will decide the Judges’ Selection in each category. The Audience Award in each category will be decided by the broader community. Visitors to the site will be able to view the media and vote for their favorite project in each category. You can vote once per category. The general public can vote between March 2 and March 20, 2020 at clubhousereach.org.

Finalists were chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Thoughtful consideration of subject matter
  • Quality of production
  • Creative concept and/or unique approach to addressing an issue
  • Strong point of view
  • Clarity of message
  • Adherence to guidelines

When you find a project that speaks to you, whether or not you voted for it, share it on social media and tag it #ClubhouseREACH!

The Global RE@CH Media Festival leverages The Clubhouse’s unique learning approach, which is designed to empower youth from all backgrounds to become more capable, creative, and confident learners. We know that youth learn best when they are actively engaged in creating, when they care about what they’re working on, when they collaborate with others, and when they’re in a trusting environment. The Festival capitalizes on these principles and provides a natural platform for our members’ creativity and commitment.

Winners will be showcased at our 2020 Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, at our 2020 Teen Summit in Wellesley, MA, USA, and announced on the RE@CH website in April.

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