Challenge by Achieving the Dream
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DREAM Big for College and Your Future with Achieving the Dream

Submit a video that describes your dream job and win a $1,500 scholarship

What is your dream job and how is your community college helping you get there? Achieving the Dream challenges you to share your story and inspire others.

The Specifics

By 2018, the United States will be at least 3 million college degrees short of filling the 62% of American jobs that will require at least a bachelor’s degree. The college completion movement includes the voices of President Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other policy makers, many nonprofit officials, and of course community college leaders and practitioners, but the voice of one important group is often missing – the students!

Achieving the Dream is motivating community college students to add their voice to the college completion movement. We want to know what your dream job is and how your college is helping you get there. Does your college have a career center? Is there an advisor or someone else at your college that’s guiding your way? Does your college offer a specialized program that fulfills the requirements for your dream job? Many students are trying to figure out how to get to their dream job and your story can help guide their path. Share your story with us in a video and inspire others for the opportunity to win one of three scholarships!

Submit your video from September 25 to November 13 (noon Pacific Time). Our judges will select which applicants will pass to the voting round. From November 14 to November 28, we’ll open it up to public voting. The top 10 voted submission will be reviewed by a panel of Achieving the Dream judges, who will choose the final three winners to receive the scholarship awards. First place receives $1,500, second place receives $1,000 and third place receives $500.

Connect with this challenge on Twitter at @GOODmkr and #DREAMBigForCollege and on Achieving the Dream’s profile on GOOD

Submission tips:

  • Submit a video that tells your story. Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes. To include a video, use a YouTube URL.
  • Be sure to describe how your college is helping you get to your dream job.
  • We encourage you to include stories about overcoming obstacles (i.e. academic, personal, financial, etc).
  • Your video should inspire, inform the audience, and connect to the overall theme of the challenge.
  • If you have any questions, please review these FAQs or send us an email at maker@goodinc.com.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for community college student success in higher education history.

Rules & Regulations

  • This Challenge is open for submissions from September 25 to November 13 (noon Pacific Time).
  • Students currently enrolled in an Achieving the Dream Institution are eligible to apply. Student must also be attending college the following semester.
  • Applicants must be 13 years of age or older.
  • Videos will be featured on this page and public voting will be open from November 14 to November 28 (noon Pacific Time).
  • The top 10 videos with the most votes will be eligible to win one of three scholarships. A panel of Achieving the Dream judges will select the top three winners. The first place video will receive a scholarship of $1,500; the second place video will receive a scholarship of $1,000; and the third place video will receive a scholarship of $500.
  • In order to vote, log in with your GOOD account. If you don’t have a GOOD account, it’s free to join. All you need is an email address or a Facebook account to register. You will be emailed a link that you need to click in order to validate your address.
  • Read all the rules.

Discussion
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Read your own rules

by JamieDavis
over 1 year ago | Reply

You made rules and the broke them not fair I had a lot more to say if I had another min I would have a whole different veido

by JamieDavis
over 1 year ago | Reply

I won't stop not fair

by JamieDavis
over 1 year ago | Reply

No way four not three four why

by JamieDavis
over 1 year ago | Reply

No way four not three

by JamieDavis
over 1 year ago | Reply

No way four not three

by JamieDavis
over 1 year ago | Reply

No way four not three

by JamieDavis
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is not fair video three for four min not three min

by JamieDavis
over 1 year ago | Reply

Who won 2nd and 3rd?

by Luis Galindo
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think the competition was unfair. My friends and coworkers tried voting for me and they never got confirmation emails. They were afraid that if they tried again their vote would be cancelled. I am disappointed in this competition and feel that it was very unfair.

by Katielynn1
over 1 year ago | Reply

What you fail to put into account is that EVERYONE (including top 10, top 20) had the SAME EXACT ISSUES you are having. Is the website janky? Yes. Did the top 10 let that be an excuse for them to fall behind, no.

by UDoka
over 1 year ago | Reply

WE were told the videos had to stay under three min. is that right

by JamieDavis
over 1 year ago | Reply

My Congratulations to the winners when they are announced. Thank you again for the opportunity to compete in this challenge. My friends and family tried so hard to make all their votes count for me and no matter who wins, I feel like a winner after seeing how many people are rooting for me to follow my Dream.

by pjgal2000
over 1 year ago | Reply

The e-mail issues have NOT been resolved. I was approached AGAIN this afternoon about the problem with voting. I would like to propose given the technical difficulties we all have an equal chance. Why not? There are not that many videos and they are only 2-3 minutes.

by Amanda Macho
over 1 year ago | Reply

I didn't see any problem when I voted for a video and used my e-mail account. I got my confirmation e-mail right away, you may have to refresh your Inbox again to make sure you got it. Good luck!

by rosariomaldonado
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Amanda, the issue is resolved, please email us at maker@goodinc.com so we can help you troubleshoot.

by Anna_Silverman
over 1 year ago | Reply

Amanda, we are all dealing with the same issue.

by UDoka
over 1 year ago | Reply

Including top 10.

by UDoka
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi, the email issue has not been resolved. My video is currently number 14. I had so many people vote for me via email , and wonder what number I would actually be if they counted? I was wondering, because of this ”glitch,” if you would be willing to vote on the top 20 finalists instead? It seems only fair?

by anniepotpie
over 1 year ago | Reply

Has the email issues been resolved? I have had several friends tell me they are not getting the email confirmations. Will this be fixed soon or are only face book friends allowed to vote?

by lisa.bucci.37
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Lisa, the email issues have been resolved. Please email us at Maker@goodinc.com if you continue to have any trouble.

by Anna_Silverman
over 1 year ago | Reply

I am so THANKFUL to wake up today and see I am back in the top ten, thanks to my friends and family who despite the voting problems have hung in there with me until their votes could be cast and counted. Thankful to be a part of this great challenge and Thankful to still have my husband with me and back to good health, supporting me as I follow my dream! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

by pjgal2000
over 1 year ago | Reply

I worked with Luis for the post-production portion of 'The Package'. It was fun and aided in gaining experience for both Luis and I. He loves what he does and most definitely deserves this grant.
Long live EPCC!

by Mr. Ed
over 1 year ago | Reply

Go Brig

by juuuuuuu
over 1 year ago | Reply

It seams to me that some peoples videos are accepting votes and others are not.... This is not a fair competition. :( very disappointing. I can see how some people are beginning to wonder if this is a scam... Intentional problem or not, This is a very sticky situation that does not reflect well on the good organisation and their affiliates. And the fact that we cannot see how many votes are cast is suspicious. Yet I still see the ranks constantly chaining with videos going up in ranking while other talented videos are falling. Does not seem fair or logical. I don't even have a video entry and I can see how frustrating this must be for the contestants.

by subfusc98
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Subfusc98, thank you for your interest in this challenge. All submissions are accepting votes, if you have trouble casting your vote, please email us at maker@goodinc.com.

by Anna_Silverman
over 1 year ago | Reply

There was a lot of glitches, but you need to keep asking people to vote, despite the glitches. It was not like it is taking some people votes and not others -- it depends on if you voted with facebook or if you voted with just your email. Email votes require the confirmation link. Also, if it said invalid email, just try it again in a few minutes (that's what I did). I think all the glitches are removed so everyone should get the confirmation emails.

by UDoka
over 1 year ago | Reply

Sometimes it gets buggy when you try to log in with Facebook. Just click vote a couple times it will go through.

by jason.roberts.16503
over 1 year ago | Reply

My friedns don't use my laptop, they are from all over the country and globe - and the verification e-mail does not work for them. I am patient enough, but still missing any comment from our organizors....I hope this type of strange voting will be voided and some panel of judeges will make the final decision.

by FrankB
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Frank, there is an issue with our system that is keeping the confirmation emails from being sent. We are working to resolve it as quickly as possible. Please note that you must be a US resident in order to vote. Thank you for your patience, and email us at maker@goodinc.com with any questions!

by Anna_Silverman
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Anna
first time I read that votes could be cast only by US resident...I could not find such information on your website. Is it new rule? Since when?

by FrankB
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Frank, it is listed in the official contest rules, which you can ready here: http://awesome.good.is/maker/AchievingTheDream/ATDOfficialContestRules.pdf. Please let me know if you have any questions!

by Anna_Silverman
over 1 year ago

Hi there, I was just curious if there is a way to tell how many votes we've received?

by kingbutton
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Kingbutton, we share estimated ranking, but not vote count. Email us at maker@goodinc.com with any questions!

by Anna_Silverman
over 1 year ago | Reply

While I am not associated with the organization (I am a competitor) I am certain this is not a scam. I have not been able to resolve the conflict with the verification e-mail either. I have noticed that the confirmation email is not necessary when a person uses their own IP address but it is if I let my friends use my laptop to build their account. Lets all remember that while this is very exciting we must remain patient. Much love and support to you all. :)

by Amanda Macho
over 1 year ago | Reply

Yes, I see I am no the only one here. So my friends are not able to vote, but they are already receiving spam e-mails from your organization...Interesting

by FrankB
over 1 year ago | Reply

Yes, I see I am no the only one here. So my friends are not able to vote, but they are already receiving spam e-mails from your organization...Interesting

by FrankB
over 1 year ago | Reply

Is this some kind of a scam to collect e-mail? I have friend complaining that confirmation e-mail is not send out and therefore the voting is fradulant. I see I am not alone and I see not single response from organizors. SCAM!!!!!

by FrankB
over 1 year ago | Reply

I'm having the same problem, no email confirmation on my vote. I have hit resend and still nothing by email to confirm my vote.

by rnstudent
over 1 year ago | Reply

My friends are trying to vote on a video but it is not sending them the vote confirmation page. What do i do???

by aliyaj12
over 1 year ago | Reply

How long does it take to receive the email to confirm your vote?

by DreamMaker
over 1 year ago | Reply

Yeah my friend and I are having that same problem. We got a welcome e-mail but no vote confirmation! We want our votes to count!

by Tellit2Me
over 1 year ago | Reply

Same here are they going to fix it??

by aliyaj12
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi all, there is an issue with our system that is keeping the confirmation emails from being sent. We are working to resolve it as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience, and email us at maker@goodinc.com with any questions!

by Anna_Silverman
over 1 year ago

I have been asked how do they vote? Is voting done by the comments left, liking the link on face book, or done on you tube??

by lisa.bucci.37
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Lisa, voting opens at noon PT, 3pm ET. I will send you an email with instructions on voting at that time.

by Anna_Silverman
over 1 year ago | Reply

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Shj6h0A26Qw&feature=youtu.be please look at this judges!! please accept!!!

by leamb1
over 1 year ago | Reply

I submitted my video, however I am unable to view it up....this is a concern for me

by richland1
over 1 year ago | Reply

It's on there now. Go to A-Z order and yours is there with the B's.

by UDoka
over 1 year ago | Reply

Im not sure if mine is posted, is there a way to make sure I have done this correctly?

by lisa.bucci.37
over 1 year ago | Reply

I submitted my video, however I am unable to view it up....this is a concern for me

by richland1
over 1 year ago | Reply

My video was uploaded Friday morning and hasn't shown up yet. I understand from my contact at my school, another person's video from my school was accidentally uploaded after mine under my info as they were still logged in as me and that you are aware of this and are working on it. Please let me know if there is anything I can to do to help or if I need to re-enter before the deadline is up. I will be so disappointed if my video doesn't get on the site. I worked very hard on this. Thank you for checking into this for me and for the opportunity to share my story.

by pjgal2000
over 1 year ago | Reply

My video is up! Thanks again for this opportunity to participate. I hope mine and the other stories here will help inspire others to follow their dreams.

by pjgal2000
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi, my video glitched a bit when I uploaded it, so it plays twice I'm trying to fix it, but at the moment, it says it's over 5 minutes because of this. Will my video still be considered?

by mistress.anime
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Deanna, thanks for participating in this challenge! Your submission has been approved, please upload a fixed version of your video before voting opens on Wednesday at 3pm ET. Email us at maker@goodinc.com with any questions!

by Anna_Silverman
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hey it's been two days that I have uploaded my video and it has not shown up should I upload it again? Please help me out because i worked really hard on the video an there's only like a day left.

by mohammad.baig.18
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Mohammad, thank you for participating in this challenge! Your submission is being reviewed, and you will be notified if it is approved. Email us at maker@goodinc.com with any questions!

by Anna_Silverman
over 1 year ago | Reply

I've just entered my video today and can hardly wait to see it appear. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to share our stories and encourage others to follow their dreams!

by pjgal2000
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hello, in order to submit my video I have to put it on youtube first so I can use the link as the submission, correct?

by steffy
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Steffy, that is correct! Email us at Maker@goodinc.com if you have any other questions.

by Anna_Silverman
over 1 year ago | Reply

thank you Ms. Silverman

by NicoleVoina
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hello, I am uploading my video and I have a question about the "handle" part...what exactly should I put?
Please get back to me when you can.

by NicoleVoina
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Nicole, the handle should be an easy to remember word for the ending of your submission's URL. Email us at Maker@goodinc.com with any other questions!

by Anna_Silverman
over 1 year ago | Reply

IS it fine if the video is edited with different scenes but as long it is under 3 minutes?

by 121553gg
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Hello - yes, that is fine! Thanks for participating in this challenge!

by Anna_Silverman
almost 2 years ago | Reply

For inspiration on how to create great videos, take a look at some of our past contest winners: http://www.achievingthedream.org/dream2012/video_finalists

by Achieving the Dream
almost 2 years ago | Reply

If I am taking courses to help me start my own business, would mentioning something like AnyPerson Farms (insert the name of my business) violate the following rule?
Applications MUST NOT: feature any third-party commercial products and/or company trademarks, logos, brands, or endorsements

by RauschFarms
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Hi RauschFarms, it is totally fine to reference the name of your business. Thanks for participating, and please email us at maker@goodinc.com with any other questions!

by good-maker-team
almost 2 years ago | Reply

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by deleted
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Malki, thanks for your interest in this challenge! So long as the video is under 3 minutes, is made by you, and is about how your community college is helping you reach your dream job, any background is fine! Email us at maker@goodinc.com if you have any questions.

by Anna_Silverman
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Is the contest available for various age demographics

by BeautifulReflections1
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Hello, thank you for your interest in this challenge! Applicants must be 13 years of age or older. Thanks!

by Anna_Silverman
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Will there be any penalty if the video is longer than 3 minutes?

by gabriel.graciano.144
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Gabriel, please submit a video that 3 minutes or under. Thanks!

by good-maker-team
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Is this contest eligible to international student?

by phich.kim
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Phich, this challenge is open to international students who reside in the United States and are currently enrolled in one of these institutions: http://awesome.good.is/maker/AchievingTheDream/AchievingtheDreamnstitutions.pdf

by Anna_Silverman
almost 2 years ago | Reply

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$1,500 for 1st, $1,000 for 2nd & $500 for 3rd place
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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 25

Submission Ended
Tuesday, November 13
at 12:00 PM PST

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Voting Began
Wednesday, November 14

Voting Ended
Wednesday, November 28
at 12:00 PM PST

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Excelling in a Foreign Country
Excelling in a Foreign Country

Winner Announced
Wednesday, December 05

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