The Administration on Aging challenged the public to create videos that showcase the role of older Americans in the community.

The Connecting Generations Video Challenge is about promoting intergenerational connections and communicating the role seniors play in connecting communities across America. The contest will also promote connections between teams—and across communities—by creating a platform for teams to post comments and discuss the content of the videos.

All Americans are invited to participate by working as part of an intergenerational team—including at least one person age 60 or older and one person younger than 60—to create a video about the role older Americans play in connecting your community.  Your video should be 90 seconds or shorter and can be about whatever inspires you, as long as you connect the video to the theme Older Americans: Connecting the Community. From videos about seniors using technology to connect with others to older adults assisting in schools any video that demonstrates what seniors are doing to maintain and strengthen community connections is a candidate for this contest.

View full rules

How to enter

Thank you for your interest in the Connecting Generations Video Challenge. We look forward to watching your entry. This page has step-by-step guidelines on how to upload your video to YouTube and submit a challenge entry. 

Step One: Create a account.

Step Two: Export your video from your video editing software in a format accepted by YouTube such as MOV, WMV, MP4 or AVI. Different computers will have different editing software and export options, just pick the format that works best for you. To be eligible for this contest your video must not exceed 90 seconds in length.  

Step Three: Create a YouTube account if you or one of your team members does not already have one. Once you’ve created your account upload the video file.

Step Four: Copy and paste the link to your YouTube video into the entry form on

Step Five: Fill in the contest entry form on, agree to the terms and conditions, and click submit.

Select the blue tab in the upper right of this page to view the challenge rules. 

The submission deadline has been extended. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on May 9, 2011

Videos must not exceed 90 seconds in length.


Nich Fox

Nich Fox
U.S. Administration on Aging

Danielle Nelson

Danielle Nelson
U.S. Administration on Aging

Nancy Henkin

Nancy Henkin
The Intergenerational Center at Temple University

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Angie Boddie
National Caucus and Center on Black Aged

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Jan Newsome
Senior Service America

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A panel of judges will select the top 10 finalists.

The public will be invited to vote for the winner.

The public will be invited to vote for the winner.

Judging Criteria

  • Content (50 percent)
    Does the entry demonstrate, describe or portray what seniors are doing to build, strengthen, and maintain connections with their communities?
  • Creativity (30 percent)
    Does the entry promote the theme Older Americans: Connecting the Community in an innovative, imaginative, and inspirational way?
  • Technique (20 percent)
    Does the entry demonstrate excellence and quality in technical execution?
  • Entry Screening
    Prior to online posting all entries will go through an initial screening process to eliminate any submissions that violate the competition’s rules or do not reflect the competition’s theme.
  • Winner Selection
    Following the submission deadline, entries passing the initial screening will be evaluated by a panel of experts who will select the top 10 entries. Finalists will be posted on, where the public will be invited to vote for the winner.