Third Annual Runaway and Homeless Youth Mural Contest Accepting Entries

The Family and Youth Services Bureau invites grantees of its Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs to submit entries to the Bureau’s third annual mural contest.

“Over the past two years we have been so impressed with the entries we’ve seen from youth in our programs,” says Resa Matthew, director of FYSB’s Division of Adolescent Development and Support. “We encourage all our grantees to enter this contest as a way to foster creativity, teamwork and self-expression among the runaway and homeless young people in their care.”

To enter the contest, teams of young people involved with FYSB grantee programs submit a rough sketch of their mural design. They must also include a one- to two-page write-up detailing the meaning of the mural and the youth-driven creative process.  

A panel of FYSB staff and youth will judge the drawings based on the meaningfulness and creativity of the design and the extent to which Positive Youth Development was used in the process. 

The winning team will get a gift card enabling them to purchase the materials for youth to paint a mural in their program. Canvas can be used if the winning facility prefers for paint not to be applied on their walls directly. Youth may also get the opportunity to represent their program at the 2013 National Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantee Conference.

Applicants must be grantees of FYSB’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Program. Please read the full contest guidelines on our National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth website before entering.

Deadline: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, January 25, 2013