“When Americans listen to the right, they hear us talk endlessly about debt, deficits, taxes, spending, and fiscal responsibility – and conclude that all we care about is money. They hear conservative politicians declare that the only thing you need to get ahead in American is a willingness to work hard – and they conclude we are out of touch. They hear some Republican leaders characterize people at the bottom as moochers – and conclude we do not care about their struggles. They hear us rail against “big government” – and conclude we just want to lower tax rates for billionaires.”

– Arthur C. Brooks, The Conservative Heart


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Thanks to a gracious donation from the American Enterprise Institute, the Georgia Young Republicans are proud to launch the Your Conservative Heart Contest. The goal of the contest is simple – we want to see how you, the young conservatives across the State of Georgia, can communicate how you view the problems of poverty and education in our State.

Here’s how the contest works:

1. Using your mobile device, record a 60 second or less video explaining your answer to one of the following two topics — “How can a sense of happiness lift Georgians out of poverty?” or “What is the one thing you would change in education to celebrate individual accomplishment?”. Videos may use props, diagrams, and other communication devices. However, videos may not be cut or edited in any fashion and cannot be longer than 60 seconds. Submissions are limited to one per person. In cases of multiple submissions, the first will be considered.

2. Post your video to Facebook or Twitter before 11:59pm on October 31, 2016. Make sure to tag the Georgia Young Republicans wherever you do post the video (Facebook / Twitter) so we can make sure to see it. While you’re at it, make sure to tag the American Enterprise Institute on Facebook or Twitter, too. We think they’ll enjoy seeing this as well.

3. Our panel of judges will evaluate the videos based on a scale of 1-10 for the following categories:

Originality — how unique and innovative were your ideas?

Delivery — how well did you communicate your ideas?

Competency — how strong was any supporting facts you cited in supporting your ideas?

Creativity — how imaginative was the presentation in terms of aesthetics and visual quality?

Compassion — how well were your conservative ideas expressed in a way that showed compassion and empathy?

Rules — did your video adhere to the rules?

4. From the submissions, our judges will compile their scores and we will announce the winners on November 15, 2016. Based on those scores, the following prizes will be awarded:

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First Place Winners (3): A copy of The Conservative Heart by Arthur Brooks, Poverty in America, and Education in America; a GYR lapel pin and slap koozie; free attendance to the Southeastern Young Conservative Caucus

Second Place Winners (5): A copy of The Conservative Heart by Arthur Brooks, Poverty in America, and Education in America; a GYR lapel pin and slap koozie

Third Place Winners (10): A copy of The Conservative Heart by Arthur Brooks; a GYR lapel pin and slap koozie






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