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Young Lives, BIG Stories

Young Lives, BIG Stories contest celebrates the life of Military Youth

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.

Each participant may submit (1) entry into the contest. One winner from each category will receive a prize and the top overall winner, will receive the grand prize. Competition categories are as follows:


  • Children ages 3 - 4
  • Ages 5 – 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.

All entrants must submit an entry form.  Entry forms may be downloaded at
All winners will be selected by a panel of judges from IMCOM Headquarters.

To enter, participants can visit Parent Central Services, CDC 1, CDC 2, SAC, or Youth Center or The Young Lives, Big Stories. Contest runs April 1-30, 2022.  All submissions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST on April 30, 2022.

For more information on the Young Lives, Big Stories contest, visit