Shine a spotlight on why afterschool and/or summer programs are important to you and your community!

During the past months of social distancing, we have stayed connected with each other in unique, heartwarming, and sometimes hilarious ways! The third annual OAN video competition encourages afterschool and summer program students of all ages to showcase how your afterschool or summer program has continued to be essential to your social, emotional, and academic well being. How have you been supported by your afterschool staff in these changing times? Be creative and tell your story!

Winning videos will be recognized and viewed at the 2021 OAN Best Foot Forward Conference, posted on the OAN website, and shared with state and local officials. Student video creators and their program coordinators will be invited to share their journey of creating the video at a session during the state conference.

Congratulations to last year’s winner, After School Adventures! Watch their winning video, HERE!


There will be four winning categories:

– Future Director (Most Creative)
– Future Director of Social Media (Most likes on the OAN Facebook page)
– Future Screenwriter (Best Message and Content)
– Future Videographer (Outstanding Technical Elements)


Please follow these rules. Entries that violate these rules will be disqualified.

Competition Rules:

1) All entries must demonstrate one or more elements of this year’s theme:
– Afterschool and summer programs keep kids safe.
– Afterschool and summer programs provide nutritious snacks and meals.
– Afterschool and summer programs help prepare kids for future careers.

2) All entries must be created by students participating in afterschool or summer programs in Ohio.

3) Videos must be 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length.

4) Students appearing in submitted videos must have media releases signed by parents and kept on file by program administrators.

5) Copyrighted material/music is not permitted without expressed written permission of the author.

6) Videos must be uploaded onto YouTube at the URL shared below. Videos will be put in an album on OAN’s Facebook page. OAN will send you a link to the Facebook page. Remember to have your friends, family and colleagues go to the OAN Facebook page to vote.

7) Entries may be submitted starting May 13, 2020 and closing promptly at 5:00 P.M. on October 30, 2020. No late entries will be accepted for any reason.

8) Voting for your favorite entry will go live on the OAN Facebook page November 2, 2020 by 5:00 P.M. and close on November 15, 2020 promptly at 5:00 P.M.

9) Only one entry per program.

10) Programs can only win in one category.

11) There is no cost to enter.

Please follow these rules. Entries that violate these rules will be disqualified.


Winners in each category will receive a plaque for their program and a celebration at their program site.

Provided 5 or more entries are received, awards will be given in all four categories.

All winners will be recognized at the 2021 OAN Best Foot Forward Conference on Friday, February 26, 2021. One adult designee will be selected by each of the winning organizations to receive a complimentary admission to the conference to accept the award. Students are also invited and encouraged to attend the awards presentation.

Future Director of Social Media winner will be determined by the most votes on the OAN Facebook page. All other categories will be scored using a rubric created by afterschool professionals. The Evaluation Team will be members of the Video Competition Selection Committee.


For questions contact Tisha Lewis at