For National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 15-23, 2014), the Kane County Regional Office of Education is offering a countywide, high school student poster design contest to raise awareness to the issues of homeless children/youth and their rights to ensure equal access to education and services.
To find out more information on these issues, visit National Center for Homeless Education at Serve.
Children/Youth Homelessness Statistics
- 33 percent of all homeless people were children/youth under the age of 24.
- Between 1.6 and 2.8 million children/youth runaway and/or are homeless in a year.
- 5 percent to 7 percent of American children/youth become homeless in any given year.
- Unaccompanied youth account for 1 percent of the urban homeless population.
- Children/youth age 12-17 are more at risk of homelessness than adults.
- 46 percent of runaway and homeless unaccompanied youth reported being physically abused, 38 percent reported being emotionally abused, and 17 percent reported being forced into unwanted sexual activity by a family or household member.
- 75 percent of homeless or runaway unaccompanied youth have dropped out or will drop out of school.
- Poster size must be 17 inches by 22 inches or larger.
- The concept must focus on homelessness specifically in children/youth and/or education.
- Artists may use any medium to design; questions about media may be emailed to email@example.com
- Posters must be delivered or mailed to the Kane County Regional Office of Education by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. If this poses an issue, contact Ellen Kamps.
- The winning artist will receive a $50 Target gift card and the poster will hang in the Regional Office of Education for the school year.
- The winner will be announced on Monday, Nov. 17, on Kane County Connects.
- Submissions must include artist name, grade level, medium, school name, art instructor’s name (if applicable).
Questions about the contest? Please contact Communications Coordinator Ellen Kamps at the Kane County Regional Office of Education at 630-444-3092.