Visitation 2.0 Video Submission Form
Now that Visitation 2.0, Season 1 is complete, we have been overwhelmed with positive feedback from both inmates and correctional staff! Due to the success of season 1, we were asked to consider making some Visitation 2.0 content specifically for the youth-in-custody audience. How could we say no to such a fantastic network of ministries dedicated to bringing the love of Jesus into youth facilities across this country?! So far, this special “youth” edition includes musical artists such as: Bizzle, Reconcile, Eshon Burgundy, Sharon Irving, sports figures such as: former NFL player Shaun Alexander and Fox Sports Analyst Chris Broussard, messages from Chicago-based hip hop Pastor Phil Jackson, and inspirational stories from those who were incarcerated as teens. So off we go, onto the next Visitation 2.0 project—young people who find themselves locked up right now during this pandemic—we are coming to visit!
As with the first Visitation 2.0 series, we are opening this platform back up for family members of youth in custody, volunteers who serve this population or anyone else who would like to send a message of hope to this audience! We would also like to feature uplifting stories of those who were incarcerated as youth, since your experiences have the power to touch the lives of those still on the inside! Keep in mind we have a limited number of video slots, so the sooner you get yours submitted, the better the chance it will be featured. If you or your family would like to participate, please follow the directions below:
What we’re asking from you:
- Families: An encouraging video message (under 20 seconds) to your incarcerated loved one so they can see and hear directly from you! This can be from one person or the entire family. This can be a parent speaking to their child, grandparents speaking to their grandchildren, or other loved ones who desire to leave a heartfelt message.
- Families: Take a photo of you and/or your family holding signs that have encouraging words on it like: “We miss you!” / “See you soon!” / “I love you!” / “Keep your head up, son!”
- Formerly Incarcerated: We ask that you record a video (under 1 minute in length) sharing your life before, during and then after incarceration, as well as an encouraging word for those incarcerated. This should be positive and uplifting to all those inside.
- Volunteers: If you served in a youth facility where you were a regular volunteer and have been unable to visit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, send us a video message (20 second or less) of love and encouragement. Please be sure to mention the name and location of your facility.
- Please keep your message content generic; use nicknames to refer to your loved one (i.e. son, buddy, honey, sweetie, baby, etc.) and don’t show any photographs of your family member who’s incarcerated.
- Videos are preferred (if possible). Feel free to shoot these using your smartphones or other electronic devices.
- Make sure your device is oriented in LANDSCAPE mode (horizontally, not vertically) – this is VERY important!
- When considering lighting, it’s always best to be facing the light source rather than have the light behind you. (Don’t stand directly in front of any windows or bright indoor light fixtures).
- Incorporate signs so your loved one can see you/your family’s personalized message to him/her (especially if you’re uploading a photo).
Tips on getting a good video or photo:
- Feel free to use your smartphone and make sure to have your camera set up horizontally (to the side) NOT vertically (straight up and down)
- Find your light — ideally to your front, left, or right — and NOT behind you.
- Avoid noisy rooms and situations.
- Be yourself!