Resources for Educators

Educators throughout Allegheny County play a key role in helping students understand the importance of completing the census. Whether you’re a teacher in the classroom or an instructor of an afterschool program, you can help your students learn about the 2020 census through fun and interactive resources.

Submit a Video for the 2020 Census Student Video Competition

We’re partnering with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) to host an online video competition! Families with K-12 students are encouraged to submit a video for a chance to win prizes.


Create a 3-minute video about why the 2020 Census is important with yourself or family members for a chance to be one of three local winners!

How it Works:

Submitted videos will be shared online and the winners will be decided by a public vote.


  • Students featured must be in grades K-12 and reside in Allegheny County
  • Videos can be submitted independently or can also feature family members 
  • Videos must not exceed 3 minutes
  • All individuals featured in the video must sign a Student Photo and Video Release Form

Video Submission:

Submit videos and the student photo release forms to  Videos may be sent as an attachment or as a link to the video.  Please be aware that videos sent as an attachment may be blocked from the email server.

Videos will be uploaded to an online platform for public voting.


Individuals featured in the top 3 videos will be acknowledged at a virtual awards ceremony.

Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place videos that receive the most online votes.

Need Inspiration?

Videos can include poems, songs, dances or other creative ways to share why the census is important. Feel free to use platforms like TikTok to develop a creative video. Watch other local leaders from Allegheny County share why the census matters to businesses, nonprofits and our region.  

Download the Space County App

Developed by students from Carnegie Mellon University and in partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, the Space County app demonstrates the importance of being counted in the 2020 census through a gaming platform.

Players learn how census data impacts the ‘happiness score’ of four fictious towns – and each town has a different view about participating in the census.

The game shows how missing data impacts the livelihood of these different towns in the categories of Education, Transportation and Health, and underscores why it matters to be counted in the census.

The app is available to download in the Google Play and App stores and is ideal for middle and high school aged students.

Be Counted 2020

Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh are working together to ensure that residents living in all 130 municipalities are counted.

© 2019 Allegheny County + City of Pittsburgh