Attention all Middle and High School students!

Join Our Movement by designing an Ad to raise awareness for youth mental health

Who can Compete?

Middle and High School Students in Monterey County

Who is Sponsoring this Competition?

AIM for Mental Health

What is the Ad Contest?

Imagine you are hired by AIM to design an Ad that could be used in magazines or any other media. The Ad would represent AIM’s movement to promote youth mental health. Think like an advertiser! We are looking for Ads that can provide hope to someone struggling with mental health. The Ad may encourage kids to speak up and seek help. It may encourage others to be empathetic. AIM wants to talk about mental health. Think about how your Ad is going to promote our cause. The Ad may include AIM’s mission statement: “AIM for Mental Health is building a movement devoted to the mental health of children, teens, and young adults by funding research to find better treatments and cures, raising awareness, and improving access to effective treatments.”

What does your Ad Have to Include?

1. AIM logo *

2. AIM website ( and

3. One of the following facts:

  • Over 17 million children suffer from a mental disorder.
  • Over 25% of youth struggle with their mental health.
  • Anxiety is the most common emotional problem in children.
  • 20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition.
  • 5.2 million children ages 3-17 are diagnosed with ADHD.

4. Your completed entry form.

AIM’s branding materials including its logo, word wallpaper, red arrow, and “Take AIM Give Hope” are available for download here.

What Type of Artwork and What Size?

There are 3 prize categories: painting, drawing, and graphic art (computer generated). Artwork can be any size but no larger than 11”x17”, and be on any medium.

When and Where is the Ad Due?

Due on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at noon. Turn in your artwork to the person in charge of the Ad Contest at your school/organization or to the principal’s office. Winners will be announced at the AIM for Awareness Rally at Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove on Sunday, October 21, 2018 (1-4 pm).

Will Ads be Displayed?

Artwork will be displayed at the AIM Rally.

Will Prizes be Awarded?

Artwork will be judged on how it represents AIM’s mission with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 3 categories of painting, drawing, and graphic art. Middle and High School will be separate.
(Prize gift cards: 1st – $100, 2nd- $50, 3rd – $25)

Ad Contest Judges

Erik Uppman |  Managing Director | sixtyeightwest
Karyn Lee-Garcia | Arts Education Coordinator| Arts Council for Monterey County
Lorena Akin | LEED AP | Studio Schicketanz
Stuart Chase | Executive Director | The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA)
Will Elkadi | CEO | eLab Communication

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