In recognition of National Human Trafficking Prevention month, Whole Child Leon has partnered with Leon County Schools and StarMetro to raise awareness of child trafficking through a visual arts competition during the month of January. The “Expression Not Possession: to End Child Trafficking” art contest highlights the importance of self-expression while encouraging students to use their artistic abilities to join the fight to end child trafficking. The organizers aim to build public awareness and educate teenagers about child trafficking intervention and prevention strategies.
The visual arts competition provides an opportunity for Leon County students in grades 6-12 to create expressive artwork using posters, paintings, sculptures, illustrations, and drawings (hand-drawn/digital), based on the theme “Expression Not Possession.” These pieces must be entirely original works. The top three middle school and high school winners will be awarded a prize. Prizes include one month of lessons at the local Brush & Palette Studio (valued at $60), a free art workshop at AR Workshop Tallahassee, and more. Florida Senator Loranne Ausley will hand out prizes and take photos with the winners during an awards ceremony to take place in February.
For more information about the “Expression Not Possession: to End Child Trafficking” art contest please visit https://wholechildleon.org/open-doors/2022-art-contest/
Whole Child Leon serves sex trafficked children and young adults through the Open Doors Outreach Network, covering Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties. Survivor-Mentors, Clinicians, Regional Advocates, and Victim Services Coordinators work together to provide emergency stabilization, individualized wellness plans, and ongoing support to sex trafficked victims as they travel on their path to wellness.
Whole Child Leon (WCL) is a 501(c)3 committed to building a community where everyone works together to make sure children thrive. WCL addresses critical community issues affecting young children by advocating for policy change and incubating new ideas to improve the overall well-being of children in the Big Bend region as a catalyst for change and convener of partners.