Calling All Young Artists!

Youth Era is launching a new creative contest for youth all across the world to create tools to help their peers get through the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize the power of creativity as a means for self-empowerment, coping, professional development, and more! Now is the time to show off your talents and help those struggling through this challenging time. Youth (ages 25 and under) can use any artistic medium they like and can even team up with their peers. 

The top 10 finalists will receive a prize! The first-place winner will receive $600 worth of art supplies and equipment tailored to their creative industry that they can use to support their dreams. The winner’s work will also be published on and shared by the Children’s Mental Health Network. 

This is a challenging time for all of us, but we can build from this together.

Featured youth artist

McKenah Skinner

“My name is McKenah Skinner. I am 17 years old, and I do art for a living. I first started doing this hobby when I was about 10 or 11 years. Maybe 12. But when I did, I just never stopped doing so. Today, I am still at it. And soon, will be doing a career of my own for the future. 

But I don’t just do art. I even write novels in my spare time. Some about to be published soon for the future. Whenever that day comes, I’ll be ready for it.”


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