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National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest: Using Art to Raise Awareness about Missing Children

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has an ongoing partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and most recently, the National Criminal Justice Training Center: Fox Valley Technical College.

Each year more than 1.3 million children are reported missing. Law enforcement, citizens, and even children have been instrumental in keeping children safe and returning them home to their families, community, and school. Every year the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) takes time to commemorate the valiant and unselfish acts of the many organizations and individuals who bring our missing children home. On May 25th, National Missing Children’s Day, we pause to focus our attention on children who have been recovered, as well as the children who are still missing.

In an effort to raise awareness about missing children and keeping all children safe, the U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) coordinates a national poster contest for fifth grade students. The poster contest is designed to increase awareness about child abduction, remember the children that have been abducted, and provide an opportunity for communities to engage in educational discussions on safety and prevention. Agency professionals can promote this as a great opportunity for Bigs to work together with their Littles on a service oriented project promoting safety and awareness.

The theme for the poster contest is “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” Participating students are to create a poster that reflects the theme and complete an application describing their poster and the importance of collaboration in bringing missing children home. Each state hosts its own poster competition, and the winning poster from each state is submitted by the state manager (or the organization responsible for overseeing the poster contest in that state) to OJJDP for selection of the national winner. For more information about your state’s contest, please contact your state manager at http://mecptraining.org/poster-contest/state-contest-managers.

The winner of the national contest, along with their teacher and parents, will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C. The national winner will be honored at DOJ’s annual Missing Children’s Day ceremony. For more information about the contest and how to participate, please visit, www.mecptraining.org/poster-contest.

If you have any questions feel free to view their website at www.mecptraining.org or email mc.day@fvtc.edu.

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