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February 21, 2019

Alex Rossman

There’s still time to enter youth art contest being held for 2019 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book
Deadline for submissions is March 4, 2019

LANSING–The Michigan League for Public Policy’s Kids Count project is holding a youth art contest as part of its upcoming 2019 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book. The contest is open to children from preschool through 12th grade and the theme revolves around the question, “What’s it like to be a kid in Michigan?”

The deadline for submissions is March 4, 2019. Along with publication in the 2019 Data Book, prizes will be awarded to winners in four categories: Grades Pre-K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. A grand prize winner will be selected from the four grade-level winners.

“While we strive to be the experts in child well-being in Michigan, we want to lift up the real experiences and talents of kids in our state to tell the whole story,” said Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count in Michigan project director at the Michigan League for Public Policy. “This is an opportunity for our young people to express themselves and how they are interpreting the world around them, and share the policy changes they want to see.”

The Kids Count in Michigan project, which is part of the national KIDS COUNT project at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, seeks to improve and strengthen our state so that Michigan’s kids can thrive in a world where they are supported. As the League continues to develop materials for the project, we want to include kids’ voices, thoughts, experiences and talents. The youth art contest is a chance for kids to be part of the 2019 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book.

The annual data book covers a variety of issues facing children and teens in Michigan, and though it is not required, artwork can relate to topics such as: friends, family, health, nutrition, child care, school, career goals, teen issues, home life, culture, emotions, food, sports, money or jobs. Artists are encouraged to pay attention to the theme and to look at the 2018 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book to see the type of information this year’s book will contain.

Artwork can be done in crayon, ink, acrylics, oil paint, pastels, watercolor, colored pencils, scratchboard, color marker, chalk, pastels, charcoal, or paper collage. We cannot accept artwork done using plain black pencil or weak colored pencil. Interested participants can visit for more details on the contest or to submit their work. The contest is underwritten by a generous donor to the Michigan League for Public Policy who wishes to remain anonymous.

Since 1992, the Michigan League for Public Policy has been compiling and releasing the annual Kids Count in Michigan Data Book to analyze and evaluate the well-being of children in the state. The report also ranks Michigan counties for overall child well-being.


About the Kids Count in Michigan Project

The Kids Count in Michigan project is part of a broad national effort to measure the well-being of children at the state and local levels, and use that information to shape efforts to improve the lives of children. The state project is part of a nationwide network of state projects supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore, MD. Funding for the Michigan project is also provided by The Skillman Foundation, The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, Steelcase Foundation, Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, DTE Energy Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Battle Creek Community Foundation and the Ruth Mott Foundation.

The Michigan League for Public Policy,, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.

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