Art & Essay contest teaches healthy communication skills

Military Children draw and write about unique challenges

Details and information

Co-sponsored by GEICO, 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,” while the essay's theme is "My Military Hero."

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 branch GEICO-military-logo.jpgand affiliate locations, as well as military bases worldwide during Military Family Month each November.  

Winners also receive special Apple brand product prize to help military children create and express themselves. 

Art Contest

Entries for the art contest should depict the theme, “My Military Family.” 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, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard/Reserves families.

Essay Contest

This year’s the contest's two themes, "How I Overcame the Challenges of Being a Military Child," or "How the Armed Services YMCA helped me," encourages military children to use creative writing to express how they met the challenge or how the ASYCMA was a part of thier life.

Reminder: all artwork and essays become the property of the Armed Services YMCA.

Details and entry forms

Entry forms and additional information for this year's contest will be released in November.

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Here are this year's winning entries.