AUGUSTA â€“ The G.E.A.R. Parent Network, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to empowering parents of children with behavioral health needs, is extending the deadline for its annual poster contest to March 15. This is a great opportunity to showcase your youngsterâ€™s artistic side while raising awareness for childrenâ€™s mental health.
The theme for the 2011 campaign is Growing Resilient Families and Youth in Maine. G.E.A.R. director Carol Tiernan said that itâ€™s vital to recognize the difficulties families are having during the economic downturn. â€śWe need to be mindful of how our behaviors affect our children â€¦ Building resilient families should be a major priority.â€ť
G.E.A.R. has solicited submissions from Maineâ€™s youth for the last three years. The winning poster is displayed at statewide events, featured on the agencyâ€™s Web site, recognized at the 2011 â€śWhat Families and Youth Wantâ€ť Conference scheduled for May 21, and used to promote Childrenâ€™s Mental Health Awareness Week.
The contest is open to all Maine youth aged between 5 and 16. The Posters will be judged by a panel of families and youth. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $100 award and the second runner ups will each receive a $25 award.
Check out G.E.A.R.â€™s Web site at www.gearparentnetwork.org or call 1-800-264-9224 for more information.
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