Enter the 14th Annual Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media and digital. See categories below. The early entry deadline is on December 9th, 2021.

From the 4th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Best in Youth & Family

This award honors a program, project, or initiative that advances the safety, health and well-being of children and their families. This can include protecting at-risk youth and providing the civil, legal, educational, and institutional support that they need to lead positive, productive lives.

See previous winners and honorees here.


Have #TheTextTalk
The campaign was inspired by today's growing need to address the dangers of driving distracted. Recent studies have shown that 1 in 3 parents text and drive with their kids in the car. Honda knew that in order to promote safer driving, they had to approach it from a new angle. 
Kamp Grizzly - Oregon Justice Resource Center - Measure 11
This is a short animated PSA film in support of the Oregon Justice Resource Center (OJRC) to help raise awareness about the need for reform of Measure 11, a law which allows for some Oregon Youth to be prosecuted and sentenced as adults, without potential for early release. The film was created specifically for use on OJRC’s social media channels.…
Love Calls Back
Coming out to family and friends is one of the most nerve-wracking moments in the lives of LGBTQ+ people. Many LGBTQ+ youth feel safer calling. Although some of these calls go well, many people are met with rejection and it can be the last time they every speak to family.   4 out of 10 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are reject…
ROLL RED ROLL Film Tour Sparks Tough Conversations About Rape Culture Amongst Youths & Adults Alike
  In 2012, at a football party in small-town Steubenville, Ohio, a heinous crime took place—the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team. What transpired would garner national attention, divide the community and result in the sentencing of two key offenders. Through the lens of this notorious case, the docum…
Roo High School, where no [sex ed] question is off-limits
In the US only 24 states mandate sex education. And only 13 of those states require it to be “medically accurate.” With sex ed funding decreasing and online misinformation increasing, teens have a massive knowledge gap in sex ed.  To solve this problem, Planned Parenthood created a judgement-free sex ed chat bot called Roo to answer all those a…


The primary objective of the #iHeartSexEd campaign was to educate about three things: what sex education is, why sex education is important, and what actions people can take to support healthy youth. This campaign was an opportunity to remind the public and policymakers that all young people deserve sex education, no matter what.
Beverly's Birthdays: Icing on the Cake
Many kids have never had a birthday party of their own. Beverly’s Birthdays is a non-profit passionately committed to changing that fact. They throw birthday parties and spread cheer to those in need and drive awareness on the scope of the volume of families in need and child homelessness in the region. But to keep the party going, they needed help. That’s …
Changing the Game
The video game industry has long ignored players with limited mobility. As a result, gamers with limited mobility would either hack together hodgepodge tools and homemade controllers or had to spend a lot of money on a custom controller just to be able to play. For most, gaming was impossible. As the brand committed to empowering everyone to achieve more, M…
Consumer Reports Investigation into Inclined Infant Sleepers
Pediatricians recommend that babies sleep flat on their backs without soft bedding or restraints. Yet there’s a whole category of products on the market that are popular with parents, even though they let infants sleep at an incline.   CR’s key objective was to expose research and data that found the Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play sleeper was tied to at le…
DBS Asia Hub 2 (DAH2) CSR Forum – A Force for Good
In India, statistics show that close to 30% of students stop formal schooling after the 10th grade due to a lack of financial resources.   The objectives of the DAH2 CSR Forum are as follows: Provide financial assistance to meritorious youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue higher education. Through investment in education…
Planet Fitness Teen Summer Challenge
Through the Teen Summer Challenge, Planet Fitness gave teens all across the country a free summer gym membership. Planet Fitness opened its doors to high school teenagers, ages 15-18, to work out for FREE from May 15 - September 1 at any of its more than 1,800 locations in the United States and Canada.  Planet Fitness aimed to boost awareness of the init…
Save Jane
Everyone agrees that child abuse is horrendous, but many believe that public services such as the police and Child Protective Services cover this situation. While they do play a really important role, there is a stark need for nonprofit Children’s Advocacy Centers to help align public and private services, such as therapy, to minimize the trauma inflicted o…