YAC Oral History Challenge FAQs

Education

What is the Youth Advisory Committee?

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza's Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a group of North Texas students in grades 7-12 who care about history and its preservation and demonstrate that commitment by volunteering at The Sixth Floor Museum.  The Museum’s mission is to interpret the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.  YAC members serve as ambassadors at Museum programs and events and help with school and community projects that support the Museum’s mission.

What is the YAC North Texas Student Oral History Challenge?

North Texas students in grades 5-12th grade are encouraged to submit a 10-minute oral history recording with an individual who has memories of President Kennedy’s assassination and its aftermath.  The assassination took place 50 years ago, on November 22, 1963. 

Students must also record their own reflections by answering the following questions:
•  How did your oral history interview make you feel about history and about President Kennedy?
•  What does President Kennedy’s life and legacy mean to you, 50 years after his assassination?

We can only accept one submission per student.

How do you submit your application and video project?

1.  Review the Oral History Challenge Instructional Video on the Museum’s YouTube page.

2.  Complete the Oral History Challenge Application and Release form and email the completed application and form to education@jfk.org.

3.  Upload your video project:
• YouTube – upload your project on YouTube and include a link to your video as part of your application.
• Dropbox – send us a link to your project video via Dropbox: education@jfk.org
• YouSendIt/High Tail – send us a link to your project via YouSendIt.com (recently renamed HighTail.com).  NOTE:  The maximum file size for free YouSentIt/HighTail projects is 50 MB.

What is the application deadline?

All Oral History Project files are due on Friday, January 10, 2014.

What happens after I submit my video and application?

Completed projects—those that include a signed application, release and information about how the video is being submitted—will be reviewed by The Sixth Floor Museum.  A select number of submissions will be included in a special Oral History Challenge Celebration video.  Entrants and their interview subjects will be invited to attend a special screening of the video at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.