This fall, many state Clearinghouses and partnering organizations will be launching their state missing children’s day poster contests. The annual contest creates an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other child advocates to discuss the issue of missing and/or exploited children with youth, parents, and guardians and to promote child safety.
Each year, there is a concerted effort to include all states and territories in the competition. Last year, we received a record breaking 53 entries which included 4 territories and an Air Force Base in Italy.
The process is simple and open to all students in 5th grade. Each state/territory holds its own poster competition, and the single state/territory winning poster is submitted to OJJDP for selection of the national winner. The winning child, his/her teacher, and parents are then invited to Washington, DC to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony.
Visit the poster contest resource page for additional information, including contest rules and submission deadlines.
To contact your state manager, please visit here.
For any additional questions, please contact India Hall at 1-888-347-5610 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.