Homelessness is damaging to people’s lives and has severe and lasting impacts. The importance of having a safe and affordable home cannot be overstated. The good news is that homelessness can be solved. Evidence shoes that safe appropriate, affordable housing ends homelessness. Some people may need extra support to stay housed, but most people just need a home.
This year, you will find out about the widely entrenched myths of homelessness, how you can help dispel those myths and how homelessness can be solved.
By working together, we can end homelessness.
The Mercy Foundation Youth Awards is a competition open to high school students across Australia from Years 7 – 12. The competition will encourage you to learn more about social justice issues. This year the focus is ending homelessness.
2. Competition Details
The theme for 2023 is what does home mean to you? Your challenge is to:
1) Create a visual representation, like a cartoon, artwork, collage or photo, that shows what home means to you. Take a photo of your creation and upload it with your entry form (NB no faces in your photo).
2) Each entry must include a written paragraph (no longer than 100 words) that explains your photo (ie what means to you).
3) Fill out the quiz on the online entry form.
Visit our website www.mercyfoundation.com.au for the entry form and to find resources about homelessness.
3. Important Notes:
- Only one entry per person
- An entrant is an individual student
- Strictly no faces to feature in the image
- No brand names or logos
The judging committee comprises staff and Board members of the Mercy Foundation and a special guest judge. Entries will be assessed according to the accuracy of quiz answers and the content, creativity, originality, effort and quality of both the photo and written content.
- Entries must consist of a photograph uploaded with the online entry form. The online entry form is available on our website www.mercyfoundation.com.au
- Photographs should be a maximum of 2MB and in the format of a JPEG, GIF or PNG. JPEG is the preferred format. A PDF will also be accepted.
- Photos should be saved using student’s name and school e.g. SmithH_SydneyHigh.jpeg
- If for any reason they are unable to use the online entry form, please contact us by email@example.com or call 02 9911 7390.
- By submitting an entry, the student acknowledges that they have read and accepted the Terms and Conditions for the Mercy Foundation Youth Awards 2023. The Terms and Conditions are available on our website www.mercyfoundation.com.au
- The photo and entry must be the student’s original work created for the competition.
- The Mercy Foundation will acknowledge all entries received. It is your responsibility to ensure that we have received your entry.
- Photographs may be exhibited at a public event later this year. More information will be provided closer to the event.
- The closing date is 5 August 2023.
For more information, please call the Mercy Foundation on 02 9911 7390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Prize: $1,000 to the winning entrant AND $1,000 to the winning school
2nd Prize: $500 to the winning entrant AND $500 to the winning school
3rd Prize: $250 to the winning entrant AND $250 to the winning school
$100 vouchers will be awarded to 10 highly commended entries AND $250 will be awarded to the school that submits the most entries.
Schools are requested to spend their money on social justice resources and/or activities to promote social justice in your school and/or a charity addressing social justice issues in Australia.
Note that more than one winner may be awarded in each place. If this is the case, the prize money will be shared between the winning entrants and the winning schools.
The total Prize pool is $4,750