Art and Essay Contest

Air Force Winner: Created by Colton Lennen, Age 10

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2016 Art & Essay Contest Entry Form and Guidelines


The annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest allows children to express their love, appreciation and admiration for their military heroes and serves to remind us of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform, and their families, make each day for our country. Entries for the art contest depict the theme, “My Military Family.”

The contest is officially launched every November and is open to all eligible children of U.S. active duty or retired service members.

Winners of both the art and essay contests have their winning entries displayed at 34 Armed Services YMCA Branches and affiliate locations, as well as military bases worldwide during Military Family Month each November.  Winners also receive special Apple brand product prizes to help military children create and express themselves.


Entries for the art contest should depict the theme, “My Military Family.” Co-sponsored by GEICO, the art contest promotes art among children in grades K–6 of active duty or retired (with 20+ years of service) members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard/Reserves families.

This year’s theme, “My Military Hero,” encourages military children to use creative writing to express what their military hero means to them.


Please come back in November and check our website and social media for updates and information about entering this year’s contest. New information will be made available in November during National Military Family Month.

Be Involved with the ASYMCA

The Armed Services Y provides free or low-cost youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility programs for junior enlisted military & their families to make military life easier.

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