FAQS

Eligibility:

Q: I’m not sure if I am eligible to enter this contest. Who is eligible?
A: Please visit Contest Rules to see who is eligible to enter this contest.


Website Registration and Entry Submission:

Q: How do I register? How do I upload/submit/send in my entry?
A: Information on how to register and upload your entry is available in the “How to Enter” section of the website. Important requirements and regulations are listed in the contest rules.

Q: Can I have a friend work on the entry with me?
A: Yes, you may collaborate on your entry! The entry needs to be registered under one name, and cannot be submitted again under the other name. If your entry is selected as a prize winner, the grant check will be made out to the registered person’s name and it will be up to the two of you to decide how to fairly split the award.

Q: My friend is doing the entry with me. Can the award be in both of our names?
A: If your group entry is selected for an award, the grant check will be made out to the name it was registered under. It would be up to you and your friend to split the award.

Q: Can I enter in more than one category/more than one entry?
A: Thanks for your interest! There is only 1 entry per person, per contest allowed. Create Real Impact is open twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, so save your creative ideas for a new entry in the next contest.

Q: Can I win more than one award? For example, can I be a bonus points and a grand prize winner (or any other combination of grants)?
A: Yes! Community Bonus Points winners are solely determined by community engagement. Our panel of judges solely determines the Grand Prize winners, Sports Team winner or Best Spanish Category. If you are a bonus points winner and are also chosen for an award from our panel of judges, you would be awarded both awards.

Q: Can I enter the same entry from last year/last contest?
A: No. Entries must be unique and original for every contest. Please use your previous entry as an inspiration to make something new- maybe try a new focus or a new category!

Q: What kind of writing is allowed? Can I write a poem/script/acrostic/etc.?
A: Any kind of writing is accepted, as long as the focus is on solutions or strategies to the deadly epidemic of reckless and distracted driving. Thank you for your interest!

Q: I am a teacher/counselor/educator/etc. How can my school participate?
A: Oversee your students launching a weeklong social media campaign and win up to $10,000 for your school! Click here for more information!

Q: I am a teacher/counselor/educator/etc. My school’s firewall is blocking your site. How can we get our students to enter?
A: Please speak to your school’s IT expert. If you are still unable to access to the Create Real Impact website, we suggest you encourage students to enter at home or at the local library. If you are making this a required assignment or an extra credit project, ask the students to bring you their entry numbers. We would be happy to confirm that those students have entered, please contact us at createrealimpact@impactteendrivers.org

Q: I received a rejection email and want to re-submit a new entry/I made a spelling error and want to edit my entry.
A: Thanks for reaching out! Please send us an email with your entry number. Once received, we will remove your previous entry and email you that the old entry has been removed. At that time, you may log in to your Create Real Impact account and upload your new entry. Everything must be re-submitted before the end of the contest.


More Information on Reckless and Distracted Driving:

Q: I’m not sure I know enough information about reckless and distracted driving to discuss a solution or strategy to end it. Are there additional resources available to me?
A: Absolutely! Check out our evidence-based Interactive Education Modules. We have two available for you; What Do You Consider Lethal? and Are We Living in a Dream World? Scroll down to the bottom of this linked page to access the modules.

  1. Additional resources can be found on the following websites:

Q: What other resources are available if I’d like more information or inspiration?
A: We have a ton of free resources available for you. Check out this link to view our personal stories, and take our pledge. Also, check out this link for additional teen driver safety resources.


Entrants:

Q: It’s been 24-hours and I still don’t see my entry!
A: Here are a list of reasons why you may not see your entry

  1. If you have received an entry confirmation email and still do not see your entry, it has been rejected.
    • All rejected entries will receive an email explaining why it was rejected.
    • Here is a list of reasons why an entry could have been rejected:
      • Over emphasis on alcohol or drugs
      • Seatbelt was not worn in the video
      • Profanity
      • Off topic entry
  2.  Did you receive an email confirming your entry was submitted and waiting to be reviewed?
    • If you got an email confirming your entry was submitted successfully, it is still pending review by a CRI team member. Thanks for your patience!
    • If not- please contact us at createrealimpact@impactteendrivers.org. There may have been issues with your entry being uploaded.

Community Champion Bonus Points

Q: How do I receive bonus points?
A: That is a great question! We encourage you to collaborate with your local community champions to use their social media or other communication platforms to share the importance of safe driving choices.

Q: What is considered a local community champion?
A: A community champion is a group, agency, or organization in your community who supports Impact Teen Drivers’ efforts to end reckless and distracted driving. Community champions can be fire departments, law enforcement officials, health care professionals, schools, community service organizations, or local businesses.

Q: What do my local community champions post on their platforms for me to receive bonus points?
A: The community champions will post your Create Real Impact entry, or the approved Impact Teen Drivers’ content.

Q: What is Impact Teen Drivers approved content?
A: Click here to view the Impact Teen Drivers’ approved content.

Q: How do I reach out to my local community champions?
A: We know this might be intimidating, but we are here to help you connect with your local champions. Click here to download the email template.

Q: How do I show proof a local community champion collaborated with me?
A: You will need to submit the proof that your local champion shared your entry or the approved Impact Teen Drivers’ content. To do so, log into your account on the Create Real Impact website and submit the information. You will need to submit a URL link, picture, or screenshot.

Q: I still do not understand the community bonus points.
A: Visit the rules page here. Scroll down on the page until you see “Community Champion Bonus Points.” As always, please feel free to contact us at createrealimpact@impactteendrivers.org for additional questions or concerns.