In an effort to promote alternatives to violence, The City of Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support in collaboration with Minneapolis Public Schools and The Minneapolis Youth Congress are sponsoring a poster contest for youth to express their ideas related to Speak Up tip line. The new contest is part of Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week March 18 – 22, 2013. During this week, activities and events will be held nationwide to spotlight the issue of youth violence, to identify strategies to combat this epidemic, and to promote the positive role youth have in making their communities and schools safer.
What is Speak Up?
As part of the City of Minneapolis Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence, an anonymous youth tip-line was launched called "Speak Up Minneapolis." This tip-line allows youth from across the city to phone or text in reports of potential violence including weapons in schools, parks, libraries or other locations.
Entries in the Poster Contest should show how young people can Speak Up against community violence and how students can be part of the solution.
The Contest is open to all Minneapolis youth in grades k through 12. Contest entrants will have the chance to compete for first, second and third place prizes in one of the grade groups. A total of nine winners will be selected and all winners will receive one prize and be invited to attend a special recognition ceremony with Mayor R.T. Rybak. Prizes may range from gift cards, tickets to events or toys and will awarded by the Minneapolis Youth Congress.