TIME & Nickelodeon Kid of the Year Award Contest ($5,000 Prizes)

Parents, Legal Guardians & Teachers! Do you know a kid 8-16 who’s making a positive impact on their school or community? Have they recently completed a huge feat and were the first or youngest to do it? Have they made a big impact on a cause they really care about? If your kid is doing extraordinary things that are truly influencing others, we want to hear your story!

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Official Rules: US, Nominators may be any age, but all Nominees must be between eight and sixteen years or age as of August 1, 2020. . May 18 – August 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET. Each Nominator may submit multiple Submissions during the Submission Phase but may only submit one Submission for each Nominee.

Submission Phase: May 18 to August 1.
Judging Phase: May 18 to September 15.

How to Enter: submit a short description of no more than five hundred words explaining why the Nominee deserves to be Kid of the Year. The statement about the Nominee should help illustrate why they should be recognized for their demonstrated achievements and/or contributions in their area of interest including, without limitation, the arts, entertainment, entrepreneurship, pop culture, science, and sports or his or her exceptional academic achievement.

Mail: Complete a Submission Form, which may be downloaded at the Website, available as part of the TIME for Kids Digital Teacher’s guide, or provided by Sponsor’s affiliate or Program sponsors if additional locations are added (which will be posted on the Website), by providing the Nominator’s name, as well as their parent’s name, email address and phone number, together with the Nominee’s name; age; gender; city and state of residence; and the Nominee’s parent’s or legal guardian’s name, email address and phone number. Upon receipt of the completed Submission Form, the Nominee’s parent or legal guardian will be contacted to provide a photo and video of the Nominee and, if the Nominee is over thirteen years of age and has a public social media account or, if the Nominator has and operates a public family account which features the Nominee, the Nominee’s parent or legal guardian may also provide the Nominee’s corresponding social media handles. Nominee may self-nominate using the Mail-In Submission Method, provided that Nominee’s parent or legal guardian provides consent to such self-nomination.

Awards Determination: From all of the eligible submissions received, fifty nominees will be selected for additional consideration. Thereafter, twenty Nominees will be selected from the Quarter-Finalists for possible inclusion in an hour long television special profiling one or more of them. Five finalists will then be selected from the Semi-Finalists to receive an award. From those five Finalists, one Finalist will be honored as “Kid of the Year.”

Quarter Finalist Judging Criteria: Nominee’s passion and/or achievement (25%); with consideration for:

  • how their service or action can be considered above and beyond the call of duty;
  • how long they have been pursuing their cause; and
  • recognition of their effects or demonstration of particular excellence.
  • Impact of Nominee’s service and/or achievement on other individuals, the community and/or the world (25%); with consideration for:
  • how their efforts may have inspired others to take action or pursue their own passion.
  • Global and/or local relevance of Nominee’s efforts or actions (25%); with consideration for:
  • how their efforts may have impacted policy, pop culture, or effected change in their local community or other communities around the world.
  • How unique is the service, project, or achievement (25%); with consideration for:
  • whether their work addresses a particularly underserved community or cause or has a direct effect on school and/or community spirit

See Rules for Semi-Finalist and Finalist Selection Criteria.

Finalist Prizes (5): $5,000 check, payable to the Finalist;  the designation of “kid reporter” for one year with the ability to make editorial contributions to TIME for Kids magazine, TIME Edge magazine, TIME magazine, and/or their respective online, digital and social media platforms throughout such year; a TIME for Kids reporter T-shirt, press credentials, reporter’s notebook, and letter of congratulations; and, a trip for each Finalist and their parent or legal guardian to the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Slime Fest. ARV: $8,040

As a kid reporter, each Finalist may be given assignments and asked to represent TIME magazine, TIME for Kids, and TIME Edge in national and/or local media (including social media channels). They will report for TIME for Kids, TIME for Kids online, and their respective social media channels from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. Though TIME for Kids will try to give at least one assignment to each Kid Reporter, there is no guarantee that a Kid Reporter will be given any assignments, or that the resulting articles will be published. Article assignments will be distributed at the discretion of Sponsor and TIME for Kids magazine editors. Articles will be edited and may be published in TIME for Kids magazine, TIME Edge magazine and/or TIME magazine, and/or their respective online, digital and social media platforms. Each reporter will be given a byline if his/her story is published. Each Finalist will be required to enter into an agreement with Time, USA, LLC that will govern his/her/their activities as a Kid Reporter and will include additional terms and conditions.

Semi-Finalist Prizes (20): $100 gift card redeemable for goods and/or services from a merchant or service provider selected by Sponsor.

Honoree Award: The Honoree will be announced as TIME’s Kid of the Year and will receive a framed TIME magazine cover of their choice.  ARV: $125

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  1. thatsounds awsome rightnow

  2. I have a grand daughter that is 13, and she has endeared some amazing, and Terrifying situations which, I believe any other child would have done a downward spiral! However, my grand child stayed strong, and now is back with me to start high school! I believe that my grand daughter is amazing and you will as well! Her name is Vada Hayselden and she is going to be a freshman in High School.

  3. My daughter is 13 years old. She is a lifetime honor roll, straight A student, whom her teachers love. She’s very intelligent and is respected by everyone in town. They often describe her as kind and mature. One of the things she does is she helps Commodities, and she’s the youngest volunteer they’ve ever had. She is currently writing a novel about 6 children of WW2 leaders and how they changed the world and their opinions. It’s written by a kid, about a kid, for a kid. She hopes that the Truth will be more accessible to every young child who wants to follow their dreams.

  4. Ashley Thompson says

    Do have to be in America

  5. emily childress says

    my daughter is 10 years old. she is a straight-A student who works hard and tries her best. She really wants to become a dance one day, and if she gets it here dream mite comes true. She wants to help everywhere and she just tried some thin new. she is the youngest girl there. And she has always wanted to be on tv. thank you for letting all the kids in the world have a chance to do this.

  6. Grace Uruak says

    My daughter is a straight A student and she is going to the seventh grade her teachers love her and I never get a bad report from her teacher. The neighbors love her to because she is always helping them when they need help. She always helps them clean,cook,and she takes care of their kids. She always love giving her things to the poor and people who need it the most. Sometimes when I give her money to go shopping and she sees a poor person on the road she always gives it to them even though she really wants to buy something. She always gets honor rolls for straight A’s and she does everything she is asked to do the first time she is told. She has always wanted to be a dancer a singer and have her own line of clothes and a fashion model. So I decided to do this for her cause I want to make her happy for all the good things she done. She is the best thing i could ask for even when we are going throug hard times she always makes the best out of it. Thank you for offering this to all the kids in the world. If we don’t get it that’s ok I am just grateful that you did this amazing thing to all the kids. We love you Nickelodeon.

  7. Ajuan Marshall-Miller says

    My son is a straight A student he 9 years old and very advance for his age. He s very creative, intelligent. Since he was born he was very independent , he self taught himself about science and the weather he was 6 when he decided that he wanted to be a meteologist and has been following his dream ever since.Hi I am Ajuan I discovered something not even sientists discovered . I call it colliding reverse. it happen when two clouds collide on the same course, the one with the most dropplets changes it’s course . this causes a storm . this could help alot . people can be prepared before the storm even happens.And that is it.

  8. Hello Im an 11 yr old girl i love to paint draw and sing i want to start protesing human rights and blm i wanted you to know because i want to be kid of the year so badly i hvae a interracle family and 2 moms i wan the world to know that no matter how small, you are talented i know i have rights just like everyone else and no matter what you are important Please contact my moms for more info here is a email to use it is down below. oh and the name is one of my moms

  9. My grand daughter Lucina Is a positive little girl she’s 11 years old and loves to help others. When I come to pick her up from school or boys and girls club they would tell me how wonderful it is to have someone so positive,respectful,attentive,and helpful like Lucina they say when they see her the whole mood changes. She loves to participate in things that could help the community,schools, and others they are always so happy to see her walk into the room they love how she can take something so negative and turn it into something positive. And she would ask for my help to make posters about things like how everyone is the same,or something positive to put in the front yard that’s why i think you should choose Lucina as your kid of the year.

    • Stella Miranda says

      My granddaughter is 8 years old. She wanted to make a difference in our world. After I shared picture with her about 18 children in a Uganda compound. She asked “ grandma why don’t the kids have shoes.”
      I explained to her that some children the parents can’t afford to buy them shoes sometimes. She was filled with question? Her first project for the children was to send toys and candy to the children in the Uganda Compound. The next year she collected seeds to plant vegetables for the 10 families in the compound. The Garden of Hope and Love. This year we helped her send out messages to friends and families asking for help to raise money to buy more seeds and chickens for the families to have eggs. She talks to two young girls from the compound although they don’t speak the same language. Their mom translates and they laugh and talk about new projects for the compound.

      Not sure what her next project will be in 2021. But we are extremely proud of her and her kindness to people across the world.

  10. My grandson has run 577 miles he 11. Why does he run. Well visit Running4heroes n see why he deserves to be noted as Kid of yr

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