Contest updates
The 2023 Entry Period is now closed! Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2023 winners in early June!


As state officials, educators and community leaders, we can help illuminate, for our young men and women, the many real parental responsibilities that extend beyond clothing, food, and shelter. Supporting children takes more than just money. As we all know, mothers and fathers play an important role in children's social, psychological, and moral development. But the realities of the long-term, legal and financial obligations associated with being a biological parent are equally important to understand.

In 1995, the State Department of Human Services (DHS) sponsored its first Annual Teen Media Contest focusing on parental responsibility. It was created out of concern for the significant number of teen births in New Jersey, and the non-participation by fathers in the lives of these infants.

Today, the Office of Child Support Services at DHS continues to educate young people on the responsibilities of parenthood through this statewide contest, which is now open to all New Jersey middle school and high school students.


How to Enter

STEP ONE       

STEP TWO      

  • Assign the project to your students and remember, all entries must meet the specifications outlined in the rules.


  • All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form. All entry forms must be signed by a parent or guardian.
  • You or your student can submit the entry. Submission guidelines can be found in the official rules.
  • Submit the artwork by the extended deadline of May 3, 2023 to:

For Hardcopy Artwork:

Teen Media Contest
c/o N. Omelczuk-EFK

8 Paulette Lane
Howell, NJ 07731

          For Electronic Submission of Written Entries ONLY:

          [email protected]


Have a question?


Check out our FAQ or email [email protected].

Also, be sure to visit our Suggestion Box to submit an idea for next year’s contest theme.