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Project Passion Contest by European Commission and Google; YouTube Next Cause for Nonprofits Launches

The latest addition to the YouTube’s Next Creator family of programs is “YouTube Next Cause for nonprofits,” which is designed to help organizations that are already changing the world better use online video to drive action.

YouTube Next Cause for nonprofits“With 4 billion views a day, we want to make sure nonprofits have the tools they need to reach the global audience on YouTube and turn video views into donations, volunteerism and awareness. At a one-day summit in San Francisco on April 2, selected participants will get access to everything from training in YouTube fundamentals, to promotion and community engagement tips, to one-on-one consulting sessions to grow their YouTube presence,” posted YouTube.

This program is open to organizations that are part of the YouTube Nonprofit Program (full eligibility requirements).

Applications for YouTube Next Cause are due on February 27, 2012 at 11:59PM PT, and the selected nonprofits will be announced on March 5.

You can apply online here.

European Commission and Google announced Project Passion contest - part of E-skills WeekIn other Google news, Teaming up with the European Commission, Google launched a new challenge – the Project Passion contest for young people between the ages of 18 and 26.

All you have to do is tell a story about how e-Skills can help get a job. Video, digital art, or just plain words are welcome.

The contest is part of the Commission’s E-skills Week.

“The European e-Skills Week 2012 is a European campaign focused on showing people how to get jobs through e-skills in the digital age. Building on the success of e-Skills Week 2010, the DG for Enterprise and Industry has again teamed up with DIGITAL EUROPE and European Schoolnet, to drive awareness of the need for e-skills and their benefits.”

“Winners will get a top cash prize of EUR2,150 euros. Travel and accommodation will be paid to winners and runners up to attend the e-Skills Week Closing Event in Copenhagen on March 30,” Google posted.

Submit entries here.

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