TRENTON – New Jersey Human Services announced today that teenagers across the state can submit entries for the 26th Annual New Jersey Teen Media Contest, which highlights Human Services’ mission to support families, especially during these challenging times.
The competition, run by the Family Development Department of Human Services, is open to all middle and senior school aged children in New Jersey. This year the competition is again accepting entries in the categories of hand-painted / hand-drawn and written words.
The 2021 competition invites youngsters to use art or the written word to illustrate how they and their loved ones have supported each other through all of the changes that have taken place this year, from distance learning to finding new ways to get along with To keep friends and family connected.
“Those were challenging times and so much has changed in the world around us,” said Carole Johnson, human services commissioner. “From spending time with our families and loved ones at social distance to doing computer activities that we usually do personally, this year has affected us in many ways. With that in mind, we look forward to seeing the creativity of New Jersey teenagers again and celebrating their talents. “
“The competition is focused on celebrating the family and the importance of parents and loved ones and their deep commitment to a child’s life,” said Natasha Johnson, assistant commissioner for human services overseeing the family development department. “The Teen Media Contest was part of our ongoing effort to promote this understanding. Year after year, the entire Human Services team is impressed by the creativity, vision and talent that the students bring to the competition. We are excited to see the creative work of this year’s participants and how they creatively conceptualize the nature of the family. “