Writing provides a way for us to express and better understand our own feelings, explore the world around us, and even escape into worlds we create on our own. Creative writing has no limit to its scope and impact.
In an effort to encourage youth to pursue creative writing, Army National Guard (ARNG) Child & Youth Services (CYS) has started the ARNG CYS Youth Creative Writing Challenge! Throughout the year, different writing prompts and topics will be presented in our monthly ARNG CYS Newsletter. Youth are then encouraged to submit their own unique compositions related to the topic at the time.
Once submitted, all compositions will be reviewed, with the top compositions being highlighted in our monthly ARNG CYS Newsletter and on the ARNG CYS Website.
We hope youth will consider participating in our ARNG CYS Youth Creative Writing Challenge initiative!!
Beyond information related to the ARNG CYS Youth Creative Writing Challenge, the Newsletter is a great way to keep up with information and resources available to military youth, Soldiers and Families!
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TOPIC: Who is someone you view as a role model in your life and what makes him/her a role model?
Submitted by: Wes C. - Ohio National Guard Youth
“I am very lucky to have this man as not only my role model, but my dad as well. We are not blood related, but he stepped up to be a father he didn’t have to be. This man has many names: Dad, Levi, Lordship, El Padre (just to name a few, some just to be funny). My dad is a role model because he is teaching me how to be a man, handle my responsibilities, and set goals up so I can achieve them. He has protected us and fought for us. He encourages me to do my best at cross country, but also reassures me that when I have a bad race, not all will be bad and to focus on the next one. He pushes me to be a good student. My dad has taught me how to use a planner to manage my time and assignments. My dad has taught me how to be a good husband and father. He loves my mom so much and treats her with respect and love. Instead of getting mad and overreacting, he sits down with us and tells us why he or my mom are upset and how we can work it out. I know that someday, I will be a good employee, husband, and dad because of all he has taught me and shown me. I would not be the young man I am today without my dad by my side. My dad is my dad, no matter blood related or not or how we became a family.”
Participating youth will be divided into two age groups:
All compositions submitted should not exceed 300 words, unless otherwise noted
ALL compositions must contain only appropriate content - compositions must be free of profanity, derogatory, suggestive or offensive terminology, content of a sexual nature, discriminatory verbiage or any content with the potential to cause physical, mental or emotional harm to specific individuals, groups or organizations
Compositions submitted must be original pieces, written entirely by the youth whose name matches that on the composition submission form
Compositions must be submitted by the deadline provided - late submissions may not be considered for review
Top compositions will be recognized in the monthly ARNG CYS Newsletter and published on the ARNG CYS Website
--> Complete the required fields below to submit your creative writing composition for review! All writing compositions for this month's topic must be completed and submitted by December 26, 2021 for review.
Participation in this initiative, and subsequent submission of original compositions, carries with it an approval for submitted compositions to be reviewed and shared across various levels within the ARNG CYS Program, as well as on various media platforms - digital, online and printed - at both the local and national levels, without expectation of personal and/or monetary gain.
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