“It’s time to hand the reins to our youth and encourage them to become the designers of their future. Young people have the optimism, energy, and fresh perspective we need to meet our environmental challenges head-on. We must honor their efforts and support them as leaders.”
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- Robert Redford

Contest Overview

The Redford Center is thrilled to be launching Redford Center Stories: an environmental storytelling Contest designed for teachers who are ready to empower their middle school students to re-imagine materials use, production and waste in the 2019-2020 school year.

Redford Center Stories celebrates young minds by offering a showcase for students to share their ideas through a visual storytelling Contest, with winners announced on Earth Day 2020. This project-based approach to learning sparks curiosity, invites creativity, builds confidence and fosters teamwork as students seek solutions to real-world environmental problems. Join us in elevating youth voices and inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders.

How to Participate

The Contest is open only to middle school students across the U.S. who are able to access the Apple Clips video editing software in their classrooms, since all story submissions must be created using Apple Clips—a free iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, music and graphics.

Working in teams of three, students will identify and research a story idea based on the Contest theme—re-imagining materials use and production and exploring the path to a circular economy. Teams will present their learning in a short 30-90 second Apple Clips film that will be submitted to The Redford Center by their teacher sponsor no later than 5pm PST on March 9, 2020, in order to qualify for entry into the Contest.

The Redford Center will provide participating teachers a Contest curriculum that is fully aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and that includes a recommended pacing guide and resources to assist with teaching the Contest theme.


The first 50 teachers to sign up using the form below will each receive a $25 gift card to use with Donors Choose to support their classroom, so don’t wait! Sign up today to receive your $25 gift card, a copy of the Contest curriculum and further details about the Contest including judging criteria, prizes for winning entries and more!

Additionally, every teacher who signs up will receive a free educational license to screen The Redford Center’s latest documentary film in their classroom, Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution , which is airing on HBO in 34 countries. The educational version of the film is 50 minutes long and includes a teaching curriculum designed for grades 6-12 that includes assessment opportunities aligned to discipline specific skills and competencies in Science, Civics, Economics, English/Language Arts and Film Studies.

Questions about the Contest can be sent to David Castro at stories@redfordcenter.org

*All fields must be completed in order to receive your $25 Donors Choose gift card.