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Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

To Steve Jost: This Is What You Can Learn From Guam

If American students had small  financial incentives to design posters (or YouTube videos), then perhaps participation rates for the 2010 Census would be higher…let’s take some lessons from our South Pacific cousin, Guam:

Source:  GuamPdm.com

The 2010 Guam Census is soliciting all Guam students to participate in a student poster competition to educate Guam residents about the upcoming Census. All public and private elementary and high schools are invited to participate from now through 5 p.m. March 12.

Students are encouraged to paint, draw and create a poster describing what the Census means to them and the community, according to a Census news release. The theme is “2010 Guam Census, It’s in Our Hands,” which must be incorporated in the 8-1/2 by 11-inch letter-size poster.

The first place winner will receive $250, second place $150, and third place $100, in each category. Winning entries will be used for advertising and promotional purposes, the release added.

Pick up entry forms at the local Census office, 770 East Sunset Blvd., Suite 280, Tiyan

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7 Responses to “To Steve Jost: This Is What You Can Learn From Guam”

  1. Steve Jost Says:

    Hat’s off to the folks in Guam, one of many similar competitions in support of 2010 Census that are being launched by civic minded groups all over. Stay tuned for news about how one winner may actually see their own ad appear as part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s paid advertising campaign.

  2. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    Details Steve, we want details – SRM

  3. Dave McMahon Says:

    Contests for posters and the like is not a new thing for the Census Bureau. Just ask these folks from the Cheyenne River Reservation who were winners during the 2006 Census Test:

    Art Contest Winners

    3rd Place
    Wambli Ducheneaux
    2nd grade, 7 yrs. Old
    Tiospaye Topa School
    “Everybody Counts”
    Attended event
    P.O. Box 300
    Ridgeview, S.D. 57652
    gray building on left, blue background

    Keysha Guajardo
    2nd grade, 7 yrs. Old
    Tiospaye Topa School
    “Everybody Counts”
    Attended event
    P.O. Box 300
    Ridgeview, S.D. 57652
    733.2641
    blue across top and green across bottom with yellow sun

    2nd Place
    Amber Bowker
    2nd grade, 9 yrs. Old
    Tiospaye Topa School
    “Everybody Counts”
    Did not attend event
    P.O. Box 300
    Ridgeview, S.D. 57652
    733.2489
    green circle with people on top

    Royce Bowker
    2nd grade, 7 yrs. Old
    Tiospaye Topa School
    “Everybody Counts”
    Did not attend event
    P.O. Box 300
    Ridgeview, S.D. 57652
    733.2572
    red teepee with blue clouds, brown across bottom

    Grand-prize winners
    Darwyn Standing Bear
    3rd grade, 9 yrs. old
    Tiospaye Topa School
    “Everybody Counts”
    Attended event
    P.O. Box 225
    Eagle Butte, SD 57625
    464.6183
    flag with people around it

    Keshia Buffalo
    7th grade, 12 yrs. old
    Eagle Butte Junior High
    “Respect Privacy”
    Attended Event
    P.O. Box 1428
    Eagle Butte, SD 57625
    964.3098
    tribal chairmen with Census Test 2006

    Surely, you will see, as Steve Jost said, “one of many similar competitions in support of 2010 Census that are being launched by civic minded groups all over.”

  4. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    Dave – Thanks for that info. I was aware of contests on the local level, but I am pushing for them to take place on the national level, with the Census Bureau taking the initiative rather than other organizations – Stephen

  5. JC Says:

    Morse, come on man, you just blasted the bureau for every dollar they’re spending on this process, but you would rather see them take the initiative on national contests than other organizations? Where do you think that community/local organizations get their information on the census, their promotional materials, the support they need to encourage participation in the census? Would you like the bureau to go hire more people to run these national contests so that you can criticize them for getting paid?

  6. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    JC – Compared to ad campaigns that hit people passively, actively encouraging people to participate by creating something of their own would be money much better spent…and this is also far less costly than other operations that are more complex.- SRM

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