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STUDENT ART, ESSAY & VIDEO CONTEST

Growing Up in America

Hosted by AACI and in partnership with NBC Bay Area, Growing Up in America (GUA) is an annual art, essay and video contest that reaches hundreds of Bay Area students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Founded 25+ years ago by Lance Lew of NBC Bay Area, GUA gives a unique platform for young people to creatively explore and celebrate their cultural identity through the lens of civic engagement. 

AACI is celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, and we are excited to announce some changes to the contest. In the same way that AACI’s primary focus has grown from just the Asian community and expanded to include support for people of all ethnic backgrounds, we are also increasing the focus of the contest to encourage participation from students of all ethnic backgrounds.  To reflect this expansion, the contest name will be changed from Growing Up Asian in America to simply Growing Up in America (GUA).  The contest will still aim to spark creative exploration of one’s cultural identity. 10 students will be selected for a cash award and a chance to appear on NBC Bay Area! 

Our submission form will open from March 1st until March 15th, 2024. Learn more below and share the contest widely to Bay Area students! For questions, please contact AACI at (408) 975-2075 or e-mail gua@aaci.org

How to Participate

Winners

FAQ

Become a Sponsor

Honorees

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNER, NBC BAY AREA!

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