Be one of the first 20 contestants to submit a video, and receive a $75 Amazon Gift Card.

Prize Categories

  • First place, $750
  • Second place, $500
  • Third place, $300

All winners will be invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony and offered the opportunity to meet professionals at the Chicago Fed for a virtual discussion on career paths.

In Chicago and all over the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted how people live, work, and attend school.

We invite high school students living in Chicago to record your experiences during a time of historic and unprecedented challenges through a short, original video, that addresses one or more of these questions:

  • How has the pandemic affected you and your community?
  • What are the other challenges and opportunities facing your community?
  • Who or what in your community has inspired you during the pandemic and why?

How it Works

If you are 14 to 18 years old and live or attend school in the city of Chicago, you are qualified to submit an entry.

Produce a video 1 to 3 minutes long that address one or more of the questions detailed above. Deadline to submit your video is 11:59 p.m. on April 12, 2021.

Be sure to review the RulesChecklist and Evaluation before you start filming. Our panel of judges will evaluate submissions and select the winners.

What Is Project Hometown?

Project Hometown is the Chicago Fed’s commitment to engaging all of our communities as they confront the challenges that limit economic opportunities. Project Hometown brings together civic leaders, expert researchers, Chicago Fed staff, and concerned residents. Through these diverse perspectives, Project Hometown examines how our hometowns can recover from the pandemic, overcome longstanding inequities, grow stronger, and provide all people with the opportunity to thrive.

About the Chicago Fed

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks across the United States that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, DC, serve as the central bank for the nation.

The Chicago Fed serves the Seventh Federal Reserve District, an economically diverse region that includes all of Iowa and most of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The Seventh District has a large national share of many important economic sectors.

Fill out the form to enter the Project Hometown Video Contest and submit a video.

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