ABOUT THE COMPETITION

Climate change is going to affect every single programme Laureus Sport for Good works with, either because they will be affected in their ability to implement programmes, or in some cases because the implementation of their programmes have a direct impact on the environment itself.  
Mercedes-Benz, as a Global Partner of Laureus, are committed to a cleaner and greener world and have developed a new initiative with Laureus which offers the chance for Laureus Sport for Good grantees to educate participants in environmental sustainability and to win a cash donation.
Laureus Sport for Good and Mercedes-Benz have developed a thematic approach centred on the thought starter: What can you do in your environment for your environment?  We are searching for great ideas and initiatives (no matter how simple) to save our planet!
 
The Competition:
Any Laureus Sport for Good grantee is eligible to take part, and they must demonstrate that the initiative is youth led.
Each Laureus Sport for Good grantee can submit only one entry – this must be a group effort, with demonstration of teamwork.  
The entry should comprise of a 1 x 90 second (maximum time allowed) video to  outline and show:
- What is the environmental need in your community?
- What is your solution?
- How will you implement your idea?
- How did you come up with the idea? 
- How will you be able to show the impact that your idea has on your community?
 
The Prize:
The winning idea will receive a donation of €10,000 which can be used to implement your initiative.  Any remaining/unused budget is a contribution to the winning programme.  The programme must commit to implement the initiative within 12 months (i.e. January – December 2020).
 
Getting started:
We will leave it to you to decide how best you can run the initiative in your own organisation, just remember that you can only make one submission, and that this submission must be led by young people participating in your programme.
To encourage your participants to engage with the theme, we would strongly encourage you to host a group discussion and ask them to think about and discuss the following:
-    Why is the environment important to us? How does a changing environment affect us (food, water, play, safety, work, etc.)?
-    What kind of things do we know that people are doing in our programme and our community to address climate change and create a better environment?
-    How do we contaminate our environment through our programme or community, and how can we reduce contamination?
-    How can we be more efficient in the way we use resources in our programme and community?
-    Are there things we use or do that could be replaced by cleaner and environmentally friendlier materials or processes?
Based on this brainstorming discussion, you could as a group pick an idea and develop, or if your group is larger, you may consider splitting into sub-groups, each of which could pick an idea to develop.  Once you have decided on the idea that you wish to promote and submit to the competition, you should start producing the 90 seconds video. It doesn’t sound like much, but we can assure you it will take time to develop an exciting video. Remember, we want your video to tell us:
- What is the environmental need in your community?
- What is your solution?
- How will you implement your idea?
- How did you come up with the idea? 
- How will you be able to show the impact that your idea has on your community?
You’re free to be as creative as you wish with producing these videos, but they don’t need to be overproduced (a simple selfie video on a smartphone will not be penalised versus a more produced video). 
 
Timeline:
-    All video entries must be submitted online by November 27th 2019 (midnight UK time)
-    The top three entries will be put to a Mercedes-Benz colleague vote in December
-    The winner will be announced by the end of December 2019
 
What we’re looking for in your entry
The idea that you enter can be anything that you feel will have a tangible and positive impact on your environment.  The idea would need to be implemented using up to €10,000 of the prize donation, so do keep this in mind. We’re really keen to see ideas that will have a sustainable impact on your community (i.e. not just something that makes a difference for a week or a month, but doesn’t last). We want to see how your idea has been youth led, and also how your idea, if successful, could be replicated in other communities.