Thursday, March 12, 2020
5 – 7 pm | Program Starts at 6 pm

CSUMB Salinas City Center, 1 Main Street, Salinas CA
Free admission

View the 2019 Ad Contest entries and enjoy refreshments while hearing from students and local leaders on the importance of youth mental health. This is a family-friendly, community event, hosted by the Carmel Sunset Rotary Club.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Carmel Sunset Rotary Club, Carmel by the Sea Rotary Club, Santa Lucia Rotary Club, Rotarian Joe Grebmeier from King City Rotary, Paulette Lynch & Your Development Solutions, Natividad Foundation, Nance Creative-Photography, Mike Buffo & House of 8 Media

4th Annual AIM for Awareness Ad Contest

Join our movement by designing an Ad to raise awareness for youth mental health.

See results from our 2019 Contest here.

Calling all middle and high school students! Time to think like an advertiser!

AIM wants to talk about mental health. Each year, our annual AIM for Awareness Ad contest invites students like YOU to submit an Ad that promotes our cause.

Imagine you are hired by AIM to design an Ad that could be used in magazines or any other media and represent AIM’s movement to promote youth mental health.

We are looking for Ads that can provide hope to someone struggling with mental health. Your Ad may encourage other youth to speak up and seek help, or it might encourage others to be empathetic.

Interested in participating in the AIM for Awareness Ad Contest? Click here for project description and guidelines.

2020 DATES & DEADLINES Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Ad Contest begins! Send your submissions.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Last day to submit entries.

Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm PST

Fall 2020 (Date TBD)

Ad Contest Awards Reception.

Ad Contest Rules & Details

Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to enter their adwork into the contest.

Ads must include the following elements in order to be considered:

  • AIM logo* either digital or drawn/painted
  • Website link – aimymh.org 
  • One of the following facts:

Globally, over 17 million children struggle with a mental health disorder

1 in 5 children struggle with their mental health

Young adults ages 18-25 years old have the highest prevalence of any mental disorder

Anxiety is the most common emotional problem in children

With support and treatment, between 70-90% of individuals with mental health conditions report reduced symptoms and improved quality of life

1 in 10 adolescents report feeling socially isolated

Only 2 in every 5 people experiencing a mood, anxiety, or substance abuse disorder get support in the year of onset

75% of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by the age of 24

Less than 20% of children and teens receive the treatment they need for their mental health challenges

50% of the population will experience a mental health challenge in their lifetime

  • Submit your completed entry form.
  • Many past entries included our mission statement, but it is not required for entry. See our mission statement below.

AIM is finding and funding the most promising youth mental health research in the world. In support of that, we are building a movement devoted to the mental health of children, teens, and young adults.

* Click here to download digital files of AIM’s branding materials including our logo.


Ready to submit your Ad Contest entry? Be sure to fill out this entry form and send in your piece by October 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST.

Mail your entry to:
AIM Youth Mental Health
PO Box 4235
Carmel, CA 93921

If you are a Monterey County student, you can turn in your submission to your school’s art or health teacher once school resumes.

Questions? Email us: info@aimymh.org


What type of artwork and what size?
There are two prize categories: traditional artwork (painting or drawing) and graphic art (computer-generated).

Your Ad can be on any medium, horizontal or vertical, and built to one of the following sizes:
8.5″ x 11″, 10″ x 13″, or 11″ x 17″

Will prizes be awarded?
Medals and gift cards will be given to the top 15 winning students. Middle and High School submissions will be judged separately, except for the overall winner.

Will Ads be displayed? 
Yes, all the entries will be displayed during two exhibits and receptions in Carmel and Salinas in November 2020.

Can I submit more than one Ad?
Yes, you can. You can create as many as you would like. If you create an Ad in the spring while you are in 8th grade, it will be judged in the Middle School contest. If you create an Ad in the fall while you are in 9th grade, it will be judged in the High School contest.

Can I create an Ad with my friends? 
Yes, but each student who helps create an Ad must complete and turn in an entry form with the Ad.

Ad design by Ceora Minor-Arredondo


Need some inspiration for your Ad? Check out the winners from our past AIM for Awareness Ad Contests and get started with your ad today! We look forward to seeing your work.

3rd Annual AIM for Awareness Ad Contest Carmel Exhibit & Reception


Event Video Production by Michael Buffo of House of 8 Media, Carmel, Ca