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FSYF "Welcome Home" 

Video Challenge

Supported by the Una Chapman Cox Foundation

From left: Ambassador Lino Gutierrez and 2015 winners Cole Blackman, Hannah Feeken, and Ingrid Bayer

The Challenge:

FSYF is looking for FS youths to make “Welcome Home” videos profiling their local community and schools to help future FS youths transition back to the area after living abroad.

In this domestic counterpart to the overseas “Kid Vid” program, FSYF seeks D.C.-area youths in grades 7 to 12 (individuals or teams with at least one member belonging to FSYF) to make an 8 to 12 minute-long narrated video highlighting the shopping, dining, transportation, and community life in their city or county (for example, Bethesda, D.C., or Alexandria) and describing its schools (for example, availability of IB or AP classes, athletics, and extracurricular activities).  The video should seek to orient and assist FS youths returning to the area after an extended period living abroad.  The videos will be posted on the FSYF website.

FSYF will commission the first applicant/team to submit a completed entry form from their county.  FSYF will award a maximum of two videos featuring differing counties.  If you live in the following areas, FSYF encourages you to submit a video: Montgomery County, Washington, D.C., Alexandria, and Prince William County.  Although the deadline to submit an entry form is August 1, the challenge will be closed as soon as two applicants from differing counties submit a completed entry form, and FSYF will no longer accept entries.  FSYF will pay $400 per video (subject to minimum quality standards) to be divided among team members.  There will be a maximum of two videos awarded this year.

Deadline for applications is August 1, 2017 or as soon as two applicants from differing counties submit completed entry forms.  Videos must be submitted by September 8, 2017.

Full program details and the application form can be found here. To view the existing FSYF Welcome Home Video library please log in to your FSYF account and click on the Members Only section. Send any questions to

This program is made available through a generous grant from the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.

2 prizes of $400 to be divided among members of each film-making team.

Deadline for Entry
  • Application deadline is August 1,2017
  • Videos must be submitted by September 8, 2017
This contest takes place during the summer months - giving FS youth ample time to film and edit their Welcome Home videos. If you are a current member of FSYF you may view the Welcome Home Video collection in the Members Only section of our website. 

Enter Today!

This program is made available through a generous grant from 
the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.

2016 Winners

Herndon, Virginia


Victoria Stoner
Herndon, Virginia

Victoria ("Tori") Stoner completed grade 8 at the 

International School Prague (ISP).

When living in Herndon during

 the 2015-16 school year, she attended 

Rachel Carson Middle School 

and played soccer and basketball with the 

Chantilly Youth Association. In Prague she plays

soccer with a Czech team (Dukla) 

and soccer, basketball and softball at ISP.


Jackson Stoner
Herndon, Virginia

Jackson Stoner completed grade 10 at the 

International School Prague.

He attended Westfield high school

 for 9th grade and played on the 

basketball team. 

He continues to play basketball at ISP 

and participates in Robotics and MUN.

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