Elizabeth Dole Foundation shining a spotlight on the talents of military kids

Photo credit Elizabeth Dole Foundation

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation has launched a virtual “Military Kids Have Talent” contest to spotlight the children and survivors of the nation’s military service members and veterans. 

“Military Kids Have Talent” is designed to give children a stage for sharing their skills and talents, and give audiences nationwide a chance to celebrate them.

 “During COVID-19, many military families have faced even greater uncertainty and stress than in their regular day-to-day lives,” Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation said in a release. “Kids can definitely feel this, and we want to give them a chance to have fun and be recognized for who they are.”

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Contest entries will be accepted until June 12, and following that deadline, the foundation will host a virtual viewing party for the public to watch talent submissions and vote for their favorites.

 Who can participate?

  • Talent contest participants must be the child, survivor, or dependent of a military service member or veteran and be 18 years old or younger. Groups are welcome to participate if each member of the group falls into the aforementioned categories. The general public is invited to participate during the watch party by viewing submissions and voting for their favorite talent.

 How will “Military Kids Have Talent” work?

  • Contest participants will choose their talent, and with the help of their parents, film a video of their performance. Videos must be no longer than two minutes.
  • Entries will be submitted here. This portal also includes release forms that participants will need to sign as well.
  • After the June 12th deadline, all videos will be compiled into a longer form show that will be broadcast as a watch party for families and friends.
  • During the watch party, family and friends will be able to cast vote(s) for their favorite talents.
  • After the votes are tallied, the Foundation will host a broadcast to announce the top winners and award the prizes.

What is the deadline?

  • Videos must be submitted by Friday, June 12t at 11:59 p.m. EST.   

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

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