National Association of the Deaf

Video Description: NAD YAP Explains the 5 Rounds

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Video fades to a gradient background with dark blue to light blue, a grey National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo is centered. Video fades to NAD YAP Co-Directors Alim Chandani and Renca Dunn. The NAD logo appears as a light watermark in the bottom right corner and the YAP logo is on the bottom left.  Alim and Renca's lower third ID appears in front of them:
Alim Chandani (white text)
YAP Co-Director (blue text)

Renca Dunn (white text)
YAP Co-Director (blue text)

RENCA: We want to remind you that the YAP competition welcomes both men and women from 18 to 30 to participate! You have a chance of winning $10,000 cash prizes - $5,000 for each winning ambassador. Wow!

ALIM: For more information on how to apply, eligibility requirements, and the process of the competition, please look at our webpage:

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RENCA: The purpose of this video is to explain what each round will look like, rounds 1 - 5. If you have any more questions or concerns, please email us at

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RENCA: We are looking forward to receiving your application!

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Round 1 focuses on two things.  First, the application.  Go ahead and look at the NAD website where it has the application information and general steps, including application questions and agreement form. Second, you must send a video up to 3 minutes of what ideas, issues, or passion you recognize that we have in our community, including solutions that will make an impact on our community. Here’s an example: in America, a high percent of deaf and hard of hearing individuals have a hard time finding employment, what are the suggested solutions? Another example, deaf and hard of hearing athletes want to be involved in sports with hearing athletes, however, deaf and hard of hearing athletes confront challenges of noise-based starters. Also, another example, raise awareness through documentary films such as American Sign Language (ASL). We encourage you to bring forth various ideas and challenges you would like to share within our community.  Those are just some ideas.

A video can be done by yourself, you filming a proposed idea through pictures and/or stories, or you can film another person presenting the idea. It is important that it is about your idea or passion, as well as providing an explanation on why you have chosen that particular idea or why you are passionate about it. It’s just a simple three-minute video. 

The contestants are required to send in their applications and video submissions.  The NAD YAP Committee will review all applications and select the applicants based on the eligibility requirements.  From there, accepted applicants will move on to round two.

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After meeting all the criteria of Round 1, applicants will enter Round 2, the seven-day challenge. For this round, the NAD YAP Committee will hand the contestants a challenge for them to accomplish within seven days in their local community. Possible challenges include visiting a local deaf and hard of hearing office in your city, meeting with the mayor of your city, hosting a small fundraiser to support a good cause, or finding potential inventors to support your vision. There will be a variety of challenges and we will inform you of the challenges as time gets closer.

Why is this round important? It is to support the vision - visibility, innovation, sustainability (VIS) - of this program. This round is to make your idea visible in your community, show your passion, and/or ideas to the community and make sure they are aware about your social issue, and receive community support towards your idea.

Another important part of this round is that you need to find your own sponsor before entering Round 3. Why do you need a sponsor? It is an opportunity for you to receive support while you compete and being able to have a mentor throughout the competition.

So, again, Ro