Sponsored by GEICO Military, the annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest gives military children the chance to express their thoughts on the military lifestyle. The contest also serves to remind us of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform, and their families, make each day for our country.
Authors and artists of winning entries receive a week of summer camp through the Armed Services YMCA, up to a $400 value.
The contest is open to eligible children of U.S. active duty or retired service members. Winners of Art & Essay Contest are announced in April 2020. The contest opened Nov. 15, 2019.
Entries for the Art Contest should depict the topic My Military Family. The art contest promotes art among children in grades 1–6 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.
This year’s the topic for the essay contest is My Greatest Success as a Military Child. The contest encourages military children to use creative writing to express themselves. The essay contest promotes writing among children in grades 1–12 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.
Submissions for the 2020 Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest should be received by March 15, 2020.
Reminder: All artwork and essays become the property of the Armed Services YMCA.
The 2020 Art & Essay Contest is sponsored by