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Families Forward Mini-Grant Essay Contest/Recording

  • Families Forward Resource Center 4800 Telluride Street Denver, CO, 80249 United States (map)

The goal of this project is to bring awareness to the community about the value of youth within the foster care system, to ensure an inclusive, safe, and positive platform for youth in foster care to have a voice and to identify apprenticeships and collaborations throughout Denver to help us engage youth in their passion for music.

The rules and requirements for this contest are outlined below. Please review this content thoroughly and then sign and date where indicated at the bottom of this form.

ENTRY DATES, DEADLINES & WINNER NOTIFICATION: This contest opens on April 1, 2018 and closes at midnight on April 17, 2018. Entries must be received by 11:59PM on April 17, 2018 if emailing OR fax 303-371-3494. Winners will be announced on April 21, 2018 and will be notified by email or by phone.

ELIGIBILITY & RESTRICTIONS: Contestants must be between the ages of 12 and 24 by the contest deadline (April 17,2018). Only one entry per contestant will be accepted. Contestants should currently be in the foster care system, have previously been involved in the system or be involved in youth violence prevention programs. Children of employees with Families Forward Resource Center, Department of Human Services or SB Sound Lab are not eligible to participate.

Essay Prompt:

Format: Handwritten or typed version of the essay, double-spaced. 100 words maximum. Please also send in a 30 second video or audio of your performance piece. (That can include you singing, rapping. Reading or acting out your written essay) Creativity is strongly encouraged.

Prompt: Please describe to us the impact that any of the five protective factors: (Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, Concrete Support in Times of Need and Social and Emotional Competence of Children) have had on your life in a creative way, you may also include what your experience through foster care has been like. Lastly, tell us why you should be selected as the winner of this contest.

Five Protective Factors:

How do you bounce back from challenges? (Resilience)

Who are your social and community connection? (Social Connections)

Who offers you support when you need it? (Concrete Support in Time of Need)

What emotional changes, have helped you make it to where you are today? (Knowledge of Parent and Child Development)

How do you get along with others and function constructively in groups? (Social and emotional competency of children)


If sending by EMAIL: Scan your entry documents to a .jpg or .pdf format and attach them to the email. Email to:

If Faxing: Please include a fax cover sheet and send all documents to FFRC, Attn: Angelia Baker, Child Abuse Prevention Month, 303-371-3494.


Earlier Event: March 5
Strengthening Families Programs
Later Event: April 1
April Diaper Drive