Student entrants and their sponsoring teachers have the opportunity to win some of the $30,000 in cash & prizes in our 2017 awards table below.  Briefly:

  • Students can win over $2000 each in cash and prizes, which may include a  trip to San Francisco, mentorship lunches /meetings with US-China executives, drones and videomaking equipment, and more.
  • FINALISTS & Selected Teachers will earn a trip to San Francisco for our Festival Screening & Awards Gala and a fantastic red carpet experience. The finalists will work with video editing COACHES to produce a Festival Showcase version of their original video and a taped “artist’s statement.”
  • REGISTERED TEACHERS in middle school & high school can win up to $1500+  in prizes, including a matching national cash prize if their student(s) win at the national levels, a chance to earn a trip to our Festival Screening & Awards gala, and…

    •  Teachers’ MVP Prize for the teachers of one school with the most number of entries from entries in our contest.  NOTE:  Each teacher this year is limited to a max of 10 entries per DIVISION (middle school and  high school), so we suggest  (1) having the school (teachers and/or students) vote on the best ones to submit and (2) to win the MVP prize, recruit more fellow teachers to get involved!
    •  Youth Voices Teaching Prize for the most creative teaching idea(s) that integrate our contest into the classroom. Simply complete our short entry form sent to you after the February submission deadline.  We will be emailing you post-submission.

 2018 PRIZES



Participating mentors include these U.S.-China Executives:  (more coming soon!)

alibaba-group-logo_horizontal brianwong_sm_2015 Brian Wong, Vice President, Global Initiatives
As Alibaba’s 52nd employee, Brian helped build the business from an apartment start-up to a multi-billion dollar operation that is now one of the world’s leading e-commerce companies. Brianplayed a myriad of roles, including Senior Director of Marketing and Strategic Business Development and  Vice President of Global Sales. Mr. Wong has established and managed numerous teams in China, India, the U.S., Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brazil, the U.K., and Turkey. Mr. Wong grew up in Palo Alto, CA, and earned his BA from Swarthmore College. He earned a Master’s Certificate from The Johns Hopkins University (SAIS)-Nanjing University Center and an MBA from The Wharton School.
fungcapitalusa janie-yu Janie Yu, Partner
Fung Capital is the investment arm of the Fung family in Hong Kong which separately controls the FungGroup that sources, distributes, and retails consumer products globally. Janie focuses on sourcing deals and conducting due diligence on prospective investments. Prior to joining Fung Capital, she was with Burt’s Bees, leading go-to-market strategies for global expansion. Before starting her business career, she was a journalist for BBC and PRI’s “The World”, conducting in-depth research and reporting on China. Janie obtained her M.A. degree from Harvard University, where she received the prestigious Fung Fellowship, sponsored by the Victor and William Fung Foundation.
Milton Chen, Executive Director Emeritus, George Lucas Educational Foundation

Dr. Milton Chen is senior fellow and executive director, emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), whose education website,, is an award-winning destination site for educators interested in educational innovation and has won numerous honors. Prior to joining GLEF, Dr. Chen served for 10 years as the founding director of the KQED Center for Education (PBS) in San Francisco. He has also been a director of research at Sesame Workshop in New York, helping develop Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and 3-2-1 Contact. Dr. Chen has  also been an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Fulbright New Century Scholar.

benft Ben Fong-Torres, Acclaimed Journalist & Media Personality
Ben is an American rock journalist, author, and Emmy-award winning broadcaster best known for his work with Rolling Stone magazine (through 1981) and the San Francisco Chronicle (from around 1982). A documentary on his life, “Like A Rolling Stone” is in development.   Read more about his bio.


Some of our 2016 Award Winners (March 2016)