Youth Social Network Rocket21 Introduces REPRESENT: An Avatar Design Competition Inviting Youth to Share their Passions with Leading Professionals from Hundreds of Fields

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Rocket21, the only social networking platform designed to safely connect kids and teens with communities of professionals and experts representing leading institutions and brands around the world, today announced its first ever Avatar Fashion Show; a design competition themed REPRESENT, inviting youth ages nine through seventeen to create Rocket21 avatars with a goal of leveraging colors, patterns, art, graphics and photography to communicate their passions and dreams.

A Rocket21 Avatar Design Competition

Rocket21 Youth Design Competition

This contest is a good way for us to show who we really are, using photos and art," noted 14-year old Rocket21 member Sydnee Cearlock. "I want to inspire people through music. This contest will help more people understand what I'm all about.

Rocket21, the only social networking platform designed to safely connect kids and teens with communities of professionals and experts representing leading institutions and brands around the world, today announced its first ever Avatar Passion Show; a design competition themed REPRESENT, inviting its youth members to update their avatars with a goal of leveraging colors, patterns, art, graphics and photography to demonstrate their passions and dreams.

Rocket21 PROs from hundreds of fields and industries including music, science, art, design, fashion, photography, marketing, business, politics, education, community service and more will review the designs and connect with youth whose dreams and interests align with each PRO’s professional expertise and experience.

"I love the idea of this contest," offered Rocket21 Member Sydnee Cearlock. "It's a good way for us to show who we really are, using pictures and art. I want to inspire other people to follow their dreams through writing, singing and playing music. This contest will help more people understand what I'm really about."

"Rocket21 has a single-minded mission to provide authentic, creative ways for youth to explore their interests with leading professionals and organizations," noted Jodell Seagrave, Rocket21 President and COO. "This competition - and a play on Passion Show as a unique twist on a digital fashion show - is a fun way to provide incentives for kids to think about their passions, and telegraph them to the large community of active PROs engaged in Rocket21, as well as to their peers in our community."

Youth may design their avatars from a rich palette of colors, borders, images, shapes, and photographs. In addition, Rocket21 members may incorporate their own original photographs, art, graphics, and writing into their designs.

Prizes will be awarded to the most creative expressions of youth passions, within categories of Boys under 13, Male Teens 13-17, Girls under 13, and Female Teens 13-17. Cash prizes will be offered in order to provide support to the widest possible range of winning youth and their unique hopes and dreams. In all, 14 winners will be selected in the following categories: Two Winners in Best of Show: $500 for Youth 13-17; $500 for Youth under 13. Four Grand Prize Winners: $250 for one per category of Boys under 13; Boys 13-17; Girls under 13 and Girls 13-17. In addition, 8 Rocket21 members will be selected as Honorable Mention Winners and awarded $100 each, two students per category. For complete prize details, visit Rocket21.com.

In addition, designs selected as Best of Show, Grand Prize, and Honorable Mention winners will be featured in Rocket21 REPRESENT Competition highlights on Rocket21.com, as well as in Rocket21 content on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

The five week competition begins on Thursday, March 7th and ends on Sunday, April 14th. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 17th.

Rocket21 provides unprecedented access to world-class experts and organizations while protecting them with a combination of state-of-the-art, real-time filtering and human moderation, extensive safety and security precautions, and a specialized infrastructure designed to keep kids safe online.

About Rocket21
Rocket21 is a social engagement platform built on a single, powerful idea: Connect youth with world class organizations and professionals at the top of their game. Rocket21 is the only social networking platform designed to safely connect kids and teens with professionals and experts representing industries, professions, passions, and movements that span the globe. Rocket21 provides unprecedented access to world-class experts and organizations while protecting them with a combination of state-of-the-art, real-time filtering and human moderation, extensive safety and security precautions, and a specialized infrastructure designed to keep kids safe. The company is based in New York and California. For media inquiries, please contact media relations at media(at)rocket21(dot)com.

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