AANHPI (Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander ) Youth Art/Essay Contest

Announcing….the AANHPI (Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander ) Youth Art/Essay Contest! As a partner of the Asian Engagement and Recruitment Core (ARC), San Diego Asian Americans for Equality (SDAAFE) and Friends of We Chinese in America (FOWCIA) are holding a youth art/essay/media contest to raise awareness of health and wellness in AANHPI communities in order to promote the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program.

The All of Us initiative serves to ensure that medical treatment and disease prevention is effective and individualized to reflect the diversity of the United States. The historic underrepresentation of the AANHPI communities in medical research has resulted in less effective treatment and health care. AANHPI participation in the program would create a more diverse database that would speed up health research and enable more individualized health care, especially for the AANHPI communities. To learn more, check out the All of Us website: https://allofus.nih.gov/about

The AANHPI Youth Art/Essay/Media Competition is an opportunity for any students in San Diego County, age 6-18, to express their artistic self and show their support for the San Diego AANHPI communities.

Through our contest, our goal is to spread awareness about the All of Us research program in hopes of encouraging more of the AANHPI community to volunteer for medical research, so that the community will be better represented in future health research.

There will be 3 total divisions: high school (15-18), middle school (11-14), and elementary school (6-10). Submissions from each of the divisions will be judged separately, so that younger children will have an opportunity to participate and win awards for their hard work. For each division, there will be one first place award, two second place awards, and three third place awards. For each division, the first place award winner will receive a $300 prize, the second place winners will receive a $200 prize, and the third place winners will receive a $100 prize. Every participant will receive a small gift.


All submissions should promote inclusion of AANHPI communities in medical research. All forms of art/writing/media are accepted. This includes essays, poems, personal stories, paintings, drawings, creative videos, animations, and more. A participant is encouraged to submit as many submissions as they want, but there is a one award limit per person. Essays should be under 1000 words in length, and videos should be under 10  minutes in length. All submissions must be entirely your own work.

The submission deadline for the competition is currently set as Aug 9th at 11:59 p.m., and all submissions must be turned in between now and Aug 9th. A judging committee will then review all of the submissions, and select the winners, which will be announced on August 31 in our website www.sdaafe.org and will also be notified through email. All submissions may be used by SDAAFE and FOWCIA for marketing purposes, therefore submission without the application and release form  will not be accepted.

Email your PDF or MP4 file submissions to allofus2021@sdaafe.org along with the signed application and release form.

Any further inquiries can be directed towards allofus2021@sdaafe.org



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