Vermont Catholic Charities Inc. invites youth in grades 7 through 12 to participate in the Creating on the Margins Multimedia Youth Contest, sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops.

Last year, the contest theme “Share the Journey of Young Migrants and Refugees” inspired young people from throughout the country to produce a variety of creative entries, including sculptures, poetry, videos and drawings.

This is year is the first that the Creating on the Margins contest will take place in the Diocese of Burlington.

To participate in the contest, youth use the contest materials to learn about poverty and then incorporate what they have learned into a creative work of any form.

Parishes and schools must submit entries to Vermont Catholic Charities by Nov. 9. Two winners will be selected to advance to the national competition, where a national grand prize winner will receive a $500 cash award, a matching $500 grant to an organization working to eliminate poverty and a trip to the national awards event.

For more information — including the theme yet to be determined — visit or contact Mary Beth Pinard at or 802-658-6110, ext. 1110.