Confidence and compassion are main components of what I teach teens as an etiquette coach. Therefore, it is not surprising that the ACUVUE 1-DAY Contest piqued my interest. Actually, I am rather excited about it and wish this type of program were available for even more young people year round. Why? If we get our teens excited about making a difference in their own lives, they just may become productive, healthy, grown-ups. Moreover, since each of the winners receives mentoring from a well-known celebrity, perhaps these teens will one day return the favor for someone else. Thus, they will pay-it-forward, a concept near and dear to my heart.
The gist of the contest
It couldn’t be easier. Those between the ages of 13 and 21 years of age create a video sharing their dream in less than one minute. Begin the video with, “One day I’ll…,” and submit it to YouTube by May 27 (rules). Winners receive two trips for two people. One of the trips is to the sponsor’s city of choice for a mentoring session with a celebrity on how to achieve his or her dream. The second trip is to LA for a Teen Award Event. Spending money and a prepaid credit card for a one-year supply of the sponsor’s contact lenses is included as well.
Meet the mentors
Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas from “Camp Rock” fame, Mr. Nice Guy LA Lakers’ all-star center Dwight Howard, and “Pretty Little Liars” television series actor Shay Mitchell form a credible core mentor group. All share how they achieved their dreams in nicely filmed YouTube videos.
Each mentor presents an empowering message accompanied by a quote. “Dreams Without Boundaries” is singer Joe Jonas’ message followed by his quote: “Anything is possible, but knowing what you want to achieve is the first step. There will always be a way to make your dreams a reality if you commit yourself to them with dedication and persistence.” Please visit this page for a list of quotes from the other mentors.
Do the winners actually realize their dreams?
Although it is difficult to know if all teen winners fulfill their dreams and goals, there are some heartwarming stories to entice future contest applicants. For example, Kiersten Olsten wanted to start a charity to benefit her school. With “Camp Rock” alum Meaghan Martin and Joe Jonas’s mentoring, she was able to raise $5,000 in one afternoon. Tearjerker alert! Tissues are required while watching the video of her one day, especially as she closes with “Who knows, maybe one day I will change the world.”
Teens may also want to check out the videos of last year’s winners to get an idea of what they might include in their submissions.
This year’s winners?
As an etiquette teacher, I find this type of contest perfect for teens. Watching the video of past winners confirmed this as each teen appears confident and focused on his and her future. It will be interesting to watch and see who this year’s winners are. My bet is on Brittany Reilly a lovely young lady who wants to rescue animals.
What is your dream?
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