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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ideas for Kids

Contest Deadlines are Almost Here!

Kid Vid Contest 
  • Deadline:           Monday April 15, 2013
  • Cash Prizes:       $1,000 to be split among winners
  • Age/Eligibility:   Open to FS Youth of all ages at Overseas Posts
Kid Vids (Post Videos Created by Youth) are a valuable resource for the Foreign Service kids and families because they help children envision and anticipate what their life might look like at a particular post.  Please consider adding to the Kid Vid resource library at FSI's Transition Center by creating a Kid Video about your Post!

For Rules, go to:  Kid Vid Rules
administered by FSI's Transition Center
sponsored by FSYF and Peake Property Management

FSYF / SDFCU Art Contest
  • Deadline:             Friday April 19, 2013
  • Theme:                The World is My Hometown
  • Size & Format:     flat art forms no larger than 22" x 28"
  • Age Categories:   5-8 years old; 9-12 years old; 13-18 years old
  • Fee:                      Free to FSYF Members.  $20 entry fee for non-members
  • Cash Prizes:         In each age category, 1st place = $500,                                                         2nd place =  $250, 3rd place = $100
For Rules & Guidelines, go to: Art Contest Rules
For Entry Form go to: www.fsyf.org

FSYF / McGrath Essay Contest
  • Deadline:    Friday April 19, 2013
  • Topic:          'How is a foreign service child's 'sense of home' affected or                        shaped by the itinerant life and prolonged immersion in                                different languages, cultures, and environments?
  • Ages:          Middle School and High School Categories                
  • Fee:            Entry is free to FSYF Members. $20 entry fee for non-members
  • Prizes:         High School Places: 1st = $800; 2nd = $500  3rd = $300                                Middle School Places:  1st = $500; 2nd = $300  3rd = $150 
For Essay Contest Guidelines, go to:  Essay Contest Guidelines
For Essay Contest Entry Form, go to:  www.fsyf.org

FSYF / Clements Community Service Award
  • Deadline:  Friday April 19, 2013
  • Ages:         Open to FS children of all ages
  • Fee:           Entry is free to FSYF Members.  $20 entry fee for non-members
  • Prizes:       2 awards of $1500 savings bond or $750 cash equivalent
For Nomination Form and Guidelines, go to:  www.fsyf.org
For more details, go to:  Community Service Award flyer
sponsored by Clements Worldwide

Newsletter Contributors Wanted!

Adult Contributors Wanted for Spring Issue of Parent Newsletter 
'Around the World'  
  • Contributions Due:   Monday April 22, 2013.
  • FSYF seeks adult contributions on topics that affect Foreign Service families, including: 
    • Education
    • Technology
    • Foreign Service Life
    • Youth Achievement
    • Parenting
    • information on useful blogs, youth opportunities, family resources
With questions or to contribute, contact us at fsyf@fsyf.org  

Youth Contributors Wanted for Spring Issue of FSYF Youth Newsletter 
'Here, There & Everywhere' 
  • Contributions Due:       Monday May 6, 2013
  • Topics:      We would like to receive submissions about:
    •  your Post, 
    • life as an FS Youth,                                                      
  • and, because summer is approaching, consider topics about 
    • moving,                      
    • keeping in touch with friends, 
    • transitions, 
    • summer activities....
  • We accept contributions of all genres including, but not limited to:
    • reports
    • interviews and profiles
    • comic strip
    • riddles
    • word puzzles
    • poetry
    • recipes from Post
    • tips about moving to your post, school
    • advice columns
    • etc etc
  • Benefits of Participating:
    • Contribute for chance to win $30 Amazon Gift Card  (last issue's winner was Sloan Valen of Vancouver)
    • practice taking risks
    • build your resume
    • provide your peers with useful information
    • Share Your Talents and Inspire Your Peers
    • Improve your writing and artistic skills
  • Foreign Service kids of all ages and in all locations are welcome to contribute. However, we would particularly love to see teens participate more.  
  • We welcome photos to accompany your reports & photos of contributors....

Internships & Scholarship Opportunities

AAFSW $2,000 College Scholarship 
  • Entry Deadline:  Tuesday, April 2, 2013
  • for forms and guidelines, go to:  www.aafsw.org

Internship at Department of Commerce 'Green Store'
  • seeking intern to open, promote and manage 'Green Store'
  • Green Store is store of free, used but still usable office supplies
  • hours and days are flexible and convenient
  • be on the cutting edge of new and innovative concept
  • build your resume
  • Interested?  Contact gogreen@doc.gov

FSYF seeks Graphic Designer for Quarterly Youth Newsletter 
  • FSYF seeks graphic designer to create Youth Newsletter 
  • Build Your Resume!
  • Work from anywhere!
  • Need to have your own software (e.g. Publisher, Pages, etc)
  • Be prepared to show samples of your work
  • Interested?  Contact Jennifer Odlum at fsyf@fsyf.org

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