2018 FYSB Mural Contest

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is pleased to announce the 2018 FYSB Mural Contest!

FYSB’s Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grantees are invited to engage young people in this creative opportunity to tell their stories. To enter, submit a rough sketch and a one- to two-page description detailing the meaning of the mural and the youth-driven creative process. Entries will be judged on young people’s role in crafting an agency's mural sketch and narrative, the meaningfulness and creativity of the design, and the connection to the theme “Realizing Youth Potential”. Judges will include a panel of FYSB staff, RHYTTAC Advisory Board members, and youth from NSPN’s National Youth Advisory Board Collaboration Committee (YCC). The winning agency will receive a gift card to cover the purchase of art supplies. Canvas can be used if the winning facility prefers that paint not be applied directly on the walls.

Looking for Inspiration

Here is the 2017 FYSB Mural Contest winner, TLP – Teen Living Programs in Chicago, IL.

Take a look at other past winners since 2011 here.

How to Enter the Contest

RHY grantees may enter the contest by uploading a sketch of their mural and their completed essay at www.rhyttac.net/2018-fysb-mural-contest. High resolution sketches/photos (up to 25 mb) are requested. Please plan to submit your essay as a word document.

Deadline to enter: Friday, May 11, 2018.

Click here to enter.

Judging Criteria

  1. Youth driven
  2. Relation to the theme
  3. Creativity and originality
  4. Quality of artistic composition
  5. Overall impression / story
  6. Accompanying essay


  1. There are no fees incurred to enter the contest.
  2. Artwork must be sponsored and submitted by an RHY grantee agency.
  3. Those entering the contest may not be included on the judging panel.
  4. Only one entry per RHY grantee agency is permitted.
  5. Entries must be submitted on or before Friday, May 11, 2018 at www.rhyttac.net/2018-fysb-mural-contest.
  6. Participants agree to have their sketches, essay, and organization information published online.
  7. Winners agree to be recognized at the 2018 National RHY Grantees Training.
  8. Award of gift card must be used for art supplies to help complete the creation of the mural.
  9. Winner agrees to share images of final artwork with FYSB RHYTTAC upon completion.
  10. Decisions of the contest judging panel are final.

 If you have questions about the 2018 FYSB Mural Contest, please contact RHYTTAC at [email protected].