Congrats to BurlingaMe High School for 1st place in the Directing Change Hope & Justice Category!

The Directing Change Program launched a new category in September 2020 and the second round of winners have been announced here. The Hope & Justice category is an opportunity for youth living through history to express their feelings and to inspire others through art. Open young people ages 12-25, submissions are accepted in all art forms: original music, dance, spoken word, poems, short films, Tik Tok and more. Youth can select from three topics: Hope, Justice, or a monthly prompt. Submissions around “Hope” focus on sharing personal stories about what gives us hope during these challenging times and how we practice self-care. The “Justice” option asks youth to share a personal experience with discrimination or injustice that allows others to feel empathy, or entries can educate others about bias and encourage youth to take a stand against injustice when they see it.

  • October’s prompt was “Creative Ways to Measure 6-feet Physical Distancing” and asks youth to use their creativity to tell us how they creatively measure 6 feet physical distancing and why it’s important that we all practice this to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Hope & Justice Category Winner:

“Our short film is meant to inspire hope by documenting how writing poetry has given me (Ryan) a sense of hope during this pandemic. Mainly, it focuses on how poetry acts as an escape from all the stress and gloom of the current state of the world. The message is not specifically about poetry, but finding something or someone that can help cope with difficult emotions.”

To learn more about Directing Change and the Hope and Justice Category and to submit your art, visit: