USC Shoah Foundation, Discovery Education Announce IWitness Video Challenge

Designed to provide actionable ways to promote equality, while also challenging bias and intolerance, the 2018 IWitness Video Challenge encourages students to make a change in communities nationwide.
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In an effort to spark a social movement against hatred in all forms, USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education today launched the fifth annual IWitness Video Challenge

First, students will hear testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. They will then complete a research-based and standards-aligned activity. After being inspired to counter hate, participants will develop a community action project. To be considered for the IWitness Video Challenge, students must document their experience in a video essay for submission.

The student who creates the national winning entry will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Second place will receive a $1,000 scholarship; third place, a $500 scholarship.

The educator associated with the national winning entry will receive a $1,000 grant to inspire, impact and implement change in their local school.

The school or organization associated with the national winning entry will receive a $2,500 grant to implement change in their community.

Submissions for the 2018 IWitness Video Challenge are being accepted now until April 13, 2018. For more information and complete rules, visit



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Chicago high school students win USC Shoah Foundation’s 2017 IWitness Video Challenge

A group of students from Chicago who inspired their fellow students to embrace each other’s unique identity has won the 2017 IWitness Video Challenge sponsored by USC Shoah Foundation. As the first-place winners of this year’s short-video contest – which invites students to make a positive contribution to their communities – Alana Chandler, Yu Jing Chen, and Natalia Wang of Walter Payton College Preparatory High School in the Chicago Public School District will split the $5,000 in scholarship money for their project, Who are You?: Embracing Identity in Our Community.