Instagram contest on now for Kaua‘i’s youth

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    The Kaua‘i Resilience Project presents “You Got This,” a monthly Instagram challenge for middle- and high-school students ages 13 and up.

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Resilience Project under the care of the Kauai Planning &Action Alliance created a social-media-message contest earlier this month for Kaua‘i’s youth.

The theme of the contest is “You Got This.” The contest runs through June of 2021.

The Instagram monthly challenge for middle- and high-school students ages 13 and up is for full-time residents of Kaua‘i and offers a chance to win a $250 grand prize per challenge.

“It was created as a community response through KRP to address the gaps experienced in our new hybrid school schedule that places our youth in an out-of-school situation throughout the week and offers our children a way to stay active and engaged in healthy, positive experiences supporting resiliency,” said KRP Chair and County Councilmember Mason Chock.

The Instagram contest has a different challenge every month, and eligible students are encouraged to scan with cell phones the QR code on the flier on Instagram, Facebook and at yougotthiskauai.org and follow instructions at the link.

“The first month’s challenge is ‘Your best wave ride,’” said Alice Luck, KPAA president and CEO. “Kids will take a video of themselves catching a wave, post it to their Instagram page, and signify their entry with specific hashtags. The first month’s challenge will be up from now through the end of October. We have three local celebrity judges for the first month. We are planning future challenges for the months of November and December that will feature the arts and protecting the environment.

“We encourage all kids to try and enter the contest because some prizes will be selected at random (just for participating),” Luck said.

Luck said each month from now through December they will also be doing an additional challenge — Best of 2020. To enter this challenge, kids share their best memories from the year. The prize is a $50 gift card.

“Our expectation is that all kids 13 and older on Kaua‘i will hear about this contest and that it will generate significant excitement and enthusiasm among them to participate,” said Luck.

“There is a special place in our hearts for our kids on Kaua‘i, whose lives have been disrupted due to COVID-19 and who may be struggling with the impacts of the pandemic on their daily lives.

“Through this contest, we hope to inspire kids to grow, learn something new about Kaua‘i, share their interests and celebrate their unique gifts,” said Luck.

For more information go to keikitocareer.org.

How this works

According to KRP, middle- and high-school students ages 13 and up must be full-time residents of Kaua‘i and must post their entry on their own personal Instagram account.

Then students are encouraged to follow two links @YouGotThisKauai and @KauaiResilienceProject on Instagram.

After scanning the contest QR code, it will take you to the contest’s website, where students will find a list of instructions for the posted challenge of the month.

KRP said students should make sure to label entries with required “#” hashtags associated with the monthly challenge.

To make things fair across the board, each student is only allowed one entry for each challenge.

KRP said winners will be informed via Instagram’s private message, and the winning student will receive instructions on how to claim prize.

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