Announcing the 2015 Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Mural Contest Winners

The winning image submitted by Child and Family Charities – Gateway Division.
The winning image submitted by Child and Family Charities – Gateway Division in Lansing, Michigan, depicts young people’s journeys to independent living. The wooden gate represents the beginning of the transitional living program. A set of healthy leaves at the top of the tree symbolizes youth reaching their goals.

Last November, the Family & Youth Services Bureau launched its fifth annual mural contest for Runaway and Homeless Youth Program grantees. For half a decade, the contest has encouraged agencies to work with young people to share their stories in a creative and engaging way.

We received a record number of entries this year, each including a mural sketch and description of the design's meaning. A judging panel of six bureau staff members and six youth from last year's winners, the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Center on Highland, rated each entry based on creativity, youth input and uniqueness.

The winner and two finalists will receive gift cards from Home Depot to help them bring their murals to life. Here, we present the winning designs--along with some of the other mural sketches we received.

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