By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger
The Vision 20/20 Steering Committee invites K-12 students in the Diocese of Davenport to participate in a video making contest. “We hope this experience offers our youths an opportunity for self-reflection as well as an outlet for expressing their creativity. More important is what this offers us adults — an opportunity to listen to our children,” said Francesca Tatad-To, a member of the committee.
Youths are asked to create a video between 30 and 90 seconds long and address one of the following questions:
• What makes me proud to be Catholic?
• What about being Catholic brings me joy?
• In what ways can I share my Catholic faith with others?
Tatad-To said of the contest, “Video is a medium that most if not all of our youths are comfortable with. This is a medium that attracts them. It is their preferred medium for communicating with each other. We hope that by allowing them to speak in their own language, our young members will be encouraged to participate in Vision 20/20, and that through video they can express themselves more fully.”
She noted that Vision 20/20 is an initiative that involves the entire Diocese of Davenport, thus, it is important to involve youths in this initiative. “This contest is an opportunity for us to listen to what our children have to say.”
Entries may be submitted by individuals or groups of up to 25 members. Copyrighted material (print, audio or visual) is not allowed, with the exception of the Vision 20/20 song, Renew Our Hearts.
The winning video will be chosen based on clarity, visual appeal and creativity. The creator/s of the winning video will join Bishop Thomas Zinkula for a surprise event, and the video will be posted on the webpage of the Diocese of Davenport and used during the Vision 20/20 Convocation in June 2019.
Parents can get involved by encouraging their kids to send in an entry, by providing general ideas in response to a guide question, by helping provide materials their child might need to create a video and by providing feedback regarding the content of their child’s video. Youth Ministers can help by sharing this information with their youth group, by encouraging their members to join, providing resources such as websites and books where the kids can get material to use for their video.
Tatad-To said, “We hope that this contest brings parents and children together and provides an opportunity for our children to share their thoughts on what it means to be Catholic and on what it is that attracts them to our faith. We hope our parents and youth ministers, and we as a larger community, will take this opportunity to listen to what our children are saying. We hope that by having our children express their thoughts and feelings on these important issues, we will also take time to think and pray about what we feel and what our hopes are for the future of our church.”
All entries must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2019. For more information and to upload a video go to https://tinyurl.com/vision2020video. A Google account is required to upload the video file. For questions and additional information contact Laurie Hoefling at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (563) 888-4220.