Applications Now Available for the 2016 FYSB Mural Contest

A young person spray paints a mural.

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is pleased to announce its sixth Runaway and Homeless Youth Mural Contest! Since 2011, we've asked grantees of FYSB’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Program to engage young people in this creative opportunity to tell their stories. Winning agencies receive a gift card to buy art supplies to make their mural a reality.

One of the contest’s hallmarks is its commitment to Positive Youth Development, the idea that all youth need positive opportunities to thrive. Entries will be judged on young people’s role crafting an agency's mural sketch and narrative, as well as the meaningfulness and creativity of the design.

Judges will include a panel of FYSB staff and young people from last year's winning organization, Child and Family Charities - Gateway Youth Services in Lansing, Michigan.

Check out our slideshow of 2015 mural submissions for inspiration. Or watch artist Jessica Petrikowksi discuss how painting has helped her heal from trauma.

Interested in applying?

Request an application by contacting Joelle Ruben, managing editor at the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth. Thanks to an extension provided by FYSB, materials are now due by 5 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.


9-5 pm Eastern