2024 Pitch Application

Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) will be renamed after the 2024 Pitch Competition. This is a pitch competition for 18 – 30 years old. The winners will receive prize money. Please review the contestant packet before applying.

  • May 31st 2024: Application deadline.
  • Application will be available until spots are filled.
  • Pitch Application for #2024 Chicago NAD Conference

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  • Max. file size: 300 MB.
    (for the program book)
  • SHORT-ANSWER ESSAY QUESTIONS: Help us get to know you better, type up to 300 words for each question.
  • AUDITION VIDEO: Show who you are and present your VIS. (Please see an explanation of “VIS” in the Contestant Packet.)

  • Create a two-minute video clip signed in ASL with English captions that focus on three aspects:

  • (1) a brief biography about self,

  • (2) an explanation about how the chosen social issue impacts the deaf and hard of hearing community, and

  • (3) an example of how the applicant would address the social issue.

  • The video must be uploaded in a YouTube link – make sure it is unlisted so we have access to the video while screening.

  • Agreement

  • Eligibility

    I hereby acknowledge that:

    1. I have read, and agree to comply with and be bound by the Eligibility Requirements;

    2. I have answered the previous questions honestly, accurately, and completely without omission;

    3. If any of the above information is found to be false, inaccurate, misleading or incomplete, I understand and agree that this may be grounds for my dismissal from the Youth Ambassador Program as well as grounds for any other legal or appropriate remedies that may be pursued by the NAD; and

    4. All decisions by the NAD and YAP concerning the selection of the contestants are final and not subject to challenge or appeal.

  • Professional Code of Conduct

    I hereby acknowledge that I am expected to:

    1. Demonstrate professional behavior and respect with dignified attitude (1) from the beginning of Round One to Round Five of the YAP competition; (2) Retreat; and (3) NAD Conference and Competition;

    2. Represent my sponsorship in an excellent, exceptional, and exemplary fashion;

    3. Display an acceptable moral and ethical character; and

    4. Comply and obey the laws and rules (i.e., drinking age).

  • Media and Video Release Agreement

    I hereby consent, authorize, and assign all rights to the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) organization, its agents, officers, employees, and all others to whom release or circulation may be made including news and media organization to use, reproduce, distribute, exhibit, or broadcast photos, videos, film, and audio recordings of myself and/or projects, for use in publicity releases and program marketing.

    I further consent and authorize the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) to release or circulate the same in any manner for any and all purposes in any form with or without my name. I understand the photos, videos, and/or film may be viewed by the general public and that other uses may be made of them. I further agree and consent that the NAD and the others authorized herein are not responsible for any misappropriation of the photos, videos, and/or film by any member of the general public or anyone else.

    I have read the foregoing release, authorization, and agreement before signing below and I declare that I fully understand the contents of this document.

  • Entry Agreement

    It is mutually agreed upon by and between the NAD and the contestant that the NAD shall have no liability whatsoever to a contestant. The NAD shall have no liability for loss, damage, or injury resulting from any cause to the property of or to the contestant, or for any lost profits, sales, or business opportunities, or any other type of direct or indirect or consequential damages. It is further understood and agreed that all claims against the NAD for any such damage, loss, or personal injury are expressly waived by the contestant and assumed as the contestant’s responsibility. Should the contestant nevertheless take legal action for any reason, the contestant agrees to pursue such legal remedies in the State of Maryland only. The contestant agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the NAD, its agents, officers, and employees, from all claims, actions, and suits, including court costs, attorney’s fees and other expenses, arising out of the negligent acts or omissions of the contestant. By signing my name, I am stating that I understand and promise to abide the eligibility rules, criteria for selection, and additional requirements in this document.

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