YEF Annual Art Contest!

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YEF’s Annual Art and Award!

At the Youth Empowerment Fund (YEF) of the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families (DCYF) we are committed to uplifting the voice, leadership and vision of young people in San Francisco. We believe that young people have a fresh perspective on issues and have the creativity to guide us to a better future. We also believe that visual art is a medium that is both pleasing to the eye and stimulating to the mind, which is why we’ve created YEF’s Annual Art Contest and Award.

Enter to Win!


The Youth Empowerment Fund is pleased to announce its 3rd annual Art Contest & Award! Are you a San Francisco youth between the ages of 12-17 who likes to create art? If the answer is YES, the Youth Empowerment Fund (YEF) has an opportunity for you:

Attack the Issue, Not the Victim Art Contest

Create an original, two-dimensional piece of artwork calling on youth to use their voice to promote violence prevention and restorative justice in order to build a better future for SF. YEF is looking for inspirational artwork that focuses on:

  • Highlighting the power of youth voice in positive social change
  • Calling on young people to feel empowered to combat violence their communities
  • Promoting safety and awareness
  • Encouraging youth to build healthy relationships with themselves and others

All artwork submitted must be entered to be judged in one of the following media forms and contest categories: hand-drawn, photography or digital/graphic art (computer-generated).

How do I participate in the contest?

  • Create an original piece of artwork with a creative design and/or text that conveys the theme of “Attack the Issue, Not the Victim”.
  • Submit a completed contest application/release form with your artwork to YEF by mail, in person or via email January 5th-30th, 2015.

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD  the contest application / release form.

Please submit completed contest entries (artwork and contest application/release form) by Friday, January 30th, 2015.

You can mail or drop off your entry to YEF at the address below:

YEF Art Contest
c/o DeAsia Landrum
Department of Children, Youth, and their Families
1390 Market Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94102

Or you can email your entry to Please do not send .JPG files larger than 1724KB at 72 dpi resolution.

What are the prizes?

Contest winners will be announced no later than Friday, February 27th, 2015. Winning artwork will be featured on our website and will be digitally distributed to the community for download.

  • First place winner will receive a $1,000 award, plus the printing and mass distribution of the limited edition poster.
  • Second place winner will receive a $750 award.
  • Third place winner will receive a $500 award.

In addition, all winners will be asked to nominate a charity or non-profit organization based in San Francisco to be awarded a matching grant amount.*
*Organization must be a 501(c)3 and must allocate funds according to YEF guidelines.

If you have any questions about the art contest, please contact DeAsia Landrum, Youth Leadership & Advocacy Coordinator, at or (415) 554-8434.


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