GEAR UP Hawaii sponsors "Take Charge of Your Future" script challenge

Commercial script writing challenge is open to Hawaii students in grades 6-12

University of Hawaiʻi
Lesli Yogi, (808) 956-5443
Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education
Posted: Mar 23, 2012

HONOLULU - GEAR UP Hawai‘i, a program under Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, is proud to sponsor with Oceanic Time Warner Cable and Clear Channel Hawai‘i, the “Take Charge of Your Future Commercial Script Writing Challenge.”
“It’s never too early for students to start thinking about college and a career and this contest is designed to help raise awareness about the importance of preparing for one’s future,” said Angela Jackson, project director for GEAR UP Hawai‘i.
Students in sixth through twelfth grade in Hawai‘i public schools are encouraged to write a script for a 30-second public service announcement, or PSA, which can be produced for TV and also aired on radio. The script should promote the importance of preparing for college and career in a fun and entertaining way and create a lasting impression in the viewers’ minds. The script for the commercial must be 30 seconds or less (approximately 60-80 words).
The winning students will receive a new iPad and other prizes, and one winner will have their PSA professionally produced into a commercial to air on various Oceanic Time Warner Cable stations in Hawai‘i and recorded and aired on selected Clear Channel Hawai‘i or neighbor island radio stations.
The contest runs from April 1-21. To enter and for complete contest rules and information, visit the GEAR UP Hawai‘i website.
GEAR UP Hawai‘i, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federally funded program with the mission to significantly increase low-income students’ awareness of, preparedness for, and enrollment in postsecondary education. It is a critical program to assist in leading education reform efforts to help meet the state’s goal of 55% of working age adults holding a two- or four- year college degree by 2025. For more information, visit
Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, a statewide partnership led by the Early Learning Council, the Hawai‘i State Department of Education and the University of Hawai‘i System works to strengthen the education pipeline from early childhood through higher education so that all students achieve college and career success. Hawai‘i P-20’s partners share a sense of urgency about the need to improve Hawai‘i’s educational outcomes in an increasingly global economy, and have established a goal of 55 percent of Hawai‘i’s working age adults having a two- or four-year college degree by 2025. For more information, visit