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 Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Creating on the Margins

Dear Catholic Youth Ministers and Educators,

Hello! My name is Annemarie Coman and I work at the Diocese of Joliet for a national program called the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). CCHD works to empower those in poverty by giving them a hand up, not a hand out. CCHD currently funds five local organizations in our Diocese of Joliet. Every year CCHD sponsors a Multimedia Art Contest for Youth from grades 7-12. The contest allows students to learn about poverty and social justice and create original works of art which they then share with their peers and the wider community.  This year’s theme is “Share the Journey with Young Migrants and Refugees.” Youth are invited to create a work of art based on this theme, of any media (painting, drawing, poem, drama, song, video, power point).

The top two winning projects (one winner from grade 7-9, one winner from grade 10-12) from each school or parish should be sent to the Diocese by March 10th to have a chance to be shown at our “Making the Journey” Art Gala. The Art Gala will occur on Friday, March 16th from 7-9:30pm at the Blanchette Catholic Center (address below). I would encourage schools and parishes to form a small committee of judges to choose these top two. At the Gala event, the top two from each parish and school will be celebrated, and the two grand winners from the entire Diocese will be announced (one from grade 7-9, one from grade 10-12). The Diocesan winners will then go on to compete on the national level. The national winner receives a $500 prize as well as $500 to donate to a CCHD funded organization. They also receive a free trip to Washington D.C. to be recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Contest Packet for Educators

Contest Packet for Youth

View Past Winners


I look forward to seeing the creativity of the young people in our Diocese! Feel free to email me at acoman@dioceseofjoliet.org with any questions.


Thank you for sharing the journey.

Sincerely yours in Christ,


Annemarie Coman

Catholic Campaign for Human Development                Mailing Address: Blanchette Catholic Center

Office for Human Dignity                                                          16555 Weber Rd, Crest Hill, IL 60403

Diocese of Joliet

815-221-6253  acoman@dioceseofjoliet.org