OPEN TO ALL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

First place: $350
second: $250
Third: $150

SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED
THROUGH JUNE 15, 2024

How do you work through
challenging times and feelings?
We’re looking for
your creative ideas!

What’s this all about?

OK You works with all kinds of humans to design creative projects that support emotional wellness. Our goal is to inspire more people to “create their own OK.” We think of OKness as that feeling of inner peace you get when you’re feeling strong, calm and connected to your best self.

We believe we all have it in us to create that feeling for ourselves, and:

We believe that middle and high school students
have the wisdom to lead a powerful
creative wellness movement.

DO YOU NEED TO HAVE EXPERIENCE OR BE AN ARTIST?

Absolutely not. Your experience as a human is what we value most. 

Also, we believe that we’re all creative in our own way, especially when we focus on what we love. Wherever you find joy and expression—in painting, cooking, music, nature, etc—that’s where your creativity will come alive. 

Keep in mind:

We’re looking for ideas not masterpieces. 
Creativity can be any idea or activity
that engages the imagination.
We like surprises!

Why participate?

If selected as a finalist, your project will be featured in our e-book and on our website, inspiring others to create their own OK.

AND you might receive one of these cash prizes!:
First place: $350
Second place: $250
Third place: $150 

AND your idea could make a difference in many lives and bring more OKness to the world!

Ready to enter your idea in the OK CHALLENGE?

step 1

Look over our About page and CREATE page to learn more about our mission and projects.

step 2

Working on your own or in a team of up to 3, come up with a creative activity that you think could help others explore and express their feelings, and stay connected to their OK selves. 

All members of your team must be in middle or high school.

You may submit up to 3 ideas. 

project example:

step 3

Spend some time thinking about this question:

What are some creative activities that could help us when we’re feeling stressed or worried? Creative activities can include drawing, painting, sculpture, music, dance, movement, nature-based art, cooking or baking… surprise us!

It’s okay if you don’t do those activities yourself, you can still come up with ideas! For example, even if you aren’t a dancer, you can still come up with a project that involves dance.

OK Challenge judges are looking for original ideas that support inner wellness,
are clearly expressed, and include
all of the criteria in step 5.

step 4

Once you have a creative activity in mind, come up with a specific project idea.

For example, if you came up with baking as your activity, what is a baking project that would help us explore or work through feelings? Maybe it’s a layer cake with each layer representing a feeling.

Or maybe your idea involves creating a vacation spot for your brain.

step 5

When you have an idea, share your project on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper. You can use one or both sides (your score will not be affected by how many sides you use).

On your paper, include:

  1. The name of your project
  2. A description of your project that includes how it can help us stay connected to our OK selves.
  3. Step-by-step instructions on how to do the project.
  4. A drawing, photo, cut-out picture or other visual to go with each step.
  5. (Optional) Any extra activities people can try with your project. For example, once someone creates their brain vacation spot, they can design postcards and island T-shirts.
  6. A final message that encourages people to try the project.

final step!

You are now ready to share your idea! 

Go to our submission form and carefully follow the instructions.

If you have questions or need assistance, email us at submissions@okyou.org.

Projects must be received by 11:59 PST June 15, 2024. 

what’s next?

A diverse panel of volunteer judges will review all of the projects to determine our finalists.  

Finalists will be announced by July 15.