Local Teens: Chance to win $10,000!

Local teens listen up: You have a chance to win as much as $10,000!  The big contest kicks off this weekend in Pittsburgh for all area middle and high school students.  It’s called Take a Shot at Changing the World and you may have heard us talking about it on the morning news. You just need to make a short video about making a difference.

Steeltown Entertainment Project, a Pittsburgh nonprofit,  is heading up the contest and organizers stopped by WTAE to explain how it works.  Last year’s winner Tyler Anderson produced a short movie on the polio vaccine.  Anderson is now a senior at Mt Lebanon High School told me it was amazing to win the money and even more amazing to be featured on Bill Gates’ website!

I also chatted with Steeltown Co-Founder Carl Kurlander.  He said this contest is a chance for kids to use their creativity and it doesn’t have to be long, just five minutes or less. In fact, he said it’s not just for teens who are interested in making movies…. it’s for anyone who wants to make a difference!  The deadline to enter is April 30th.

Steeltown is hosting a big kickoff on Sunday in conjunction with Oscar night to go over how it all works and show you some examples of what to do.  It’s at 1:30 at the Heinz History Center.

Kurlander is an amazing talent and been instrumental in getting Hollywood interested in coming to Pittsburgh. He’s known for writing the movie St Elmo’s Fire as well as the TV show Saved By the Bell.  He has also recently released his new documentary My Tale of Two Cities. It is amazing and I highly recommend it!  He’ll be showing it at Sunday’s event.

For more information on the contest click here to get to Steeltown’s website.

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