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Young Lives, BIG Stories Contest

The Young Lives, BIG Stories Contest is open to all Army-connected children preschool through twelfth grade. Youth participants will have the option of telling their story on ‘What does it mean to you to be a military child or youth?’ for the chance to win great prizes. The goal of the contest is to tell the military story through the eyes of our children and youth. Prizes will be given to one overall winner and the top entries in each category. 

Contest is open to all children and youth of services members (Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, and Retirees) enrolled in Army CYS Programs.

Submission dates April 1- 30, 2024



  • Participants may enter (1) submission for the Young Lives, BIG Stories contest.
  • Participant entries are as follows:
    •   Drawing
      •  Ages 3 - 4 years old
      •  5 years old – Grade 1
      • Grades 2 – 3
    • Written Submission
      • Grades 4 - 5
      • Grades 6 – 8
      • Grades 9 – 12
    • Audio/Video Submission
      • Grades 2 – 3
      • Grades 4 - 5
      • Grades 6 – 8
      • Grades 9 – 12


  • All submissions must be related to the question: “What does it mean to you to be a military child or youth?”
  • Only original work will be accepted. Please do not submit any work that is copied from the web, a movie, or clip art.
  • There will be an overall winner for the contest and a first place winner for each age category.
  • The use of violence, profanity and/or tobacco/alcohol in drawings or written submissions will automatically disqualify the entry from the contest.
  • Submission on behalf of the child may be submitted by parent or custodian of the child.
  • Entrants must have primary creative control of their submission.

Download and fill out the Entry Form

Read the Contest Rules.

Send your Entry Form and Submission to G9 Child and Youth Services (CYS). If you are unable to send your submission electronically, please see the Contest Rules.

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