Subject of Challenge Competition: 

Contestants entering the “I VetoViolence Because…”: Teen Dating Violence Prevention Public Service Announcement Contest will be asked to submit short (60 seconds or less), self-made PSAs about teen dating violence and the importance of prevention efforts.

Eligibility Rules for Participating in the Competition:  

The challenge is open to any contestant defined as an individual or team of U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Contestants may submit more than one video to the challenge.

Contestants will be asked to self-identify as a student, violence prevention professional, or member of the general public when selecting an entry category (Student View, Violence Prevention Professional View, or General Public View). A student is defined as anyone enrolled in middle school, high school, or college and under age 25. Contestants must be at least 13 years of age to enter.

To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, an individual or entity—

  1. Shall have registered to participate in the competition under the rules published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at;
  2. Shall have complied with all the requirements under this section;
  3. In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and
  4. May not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment;
  5. Shall not be an HHS employee working on their applications or submissions during assigned duty hours;
  6. May not be employees of the HHS/CDC Injury Center, judges of the challenge, or any other party involved with the design, production, execution, or distribution of the challenge or their immediate family (spouse, parents or step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children).
  7. Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award.
  8. Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a COMPETES Act challenge submission.

An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the competition on an equitable basis.

By participating in this challenge, contestants agree to assume all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entitites, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from participation in this prize contest, whether the injury, death, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise. By participating in this challenge, contestants agree to indemnify the Federal Government against third-party claims for damages arising from or related to challenge activities.

Additional Information:

Finalists and contest winners must comply with all terms and conditions of the official rules posted on the challenge site,, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements herein. Finalists will be notified by email, telephone, or mail after the date of the judging.

Contestant information provided during registration will be used to respond to contestants in matters regarding their submission, announcements of entrants, finalists, and winners of the contest. Information is not collected for commercial marketing. Winners are permitted to cite that they won this contest.

HHS/CDC reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the contest, or any part of it, for any reason, at HHS/CDC’s sole discretion.

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