Litter Hawk Youth Award Program

An Awards Program for Pennsylvania Youth in Grades K through 6th, sponsored in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Hey Students!

Do you feel bad when you see someone dropping litter on the ground?
Are you upset when you find trash in your favorite place?
Wish you could do something about it?
You can! You can be a Litter Hawk!

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is counting on kids like you who care about having clean places to live and play. Litter Hawks help people see how litter and trash hurt our environment. They help people learn better ways of getting rid of trash, like recycling something that’s been used so it can be made into something new again.

The Litter Hawk Youth Award Program is a way for you to share your hope, optimism and concerns about litter and a way for you to inspire others through art, words or video!

The program asks students in kindergarten through 6th grade to express their thoughts on littering and litter in Pennsylvania through art, words or video. Gift cards will be awarded to two entries in each grade level. All participants will be recognized with certificates. Entries must received by January 31, 2023. Winners will be announced in April in time for Earth Day celebrations.

This year’s theme:
In response to Pennsylvania’s new anti-littering education campaign, PA Fights Dirty: Every Litter Bit Matters, the theme is: Show Us How Every Litter Bit Matters to You.

Click here for the application!
For questions, contact us at info@keeppabeautiful.org or 877-772-3673.

Show us how you keep Pennsylvania beautiful!

FAQ

Who can participate?
Youth in kindergarten through 6th grade, individually or as part of a school classroom, club or organized group. If a project is worked on by more than one person and wins, there will only be one gift card awarded to share.
Poster project for students in Grades K through 4th
  • Illustrate How Every Litter Bit Matters to You
  • Use 8.5 X 11-inch paper
  • Artwork can be traditional or digital
  • No three dimensional designs
  • Label artwork with name and grade in the bottom right hand corner
  • Take a photo or scan your artwork and upload it with your online entry form. Or mail your artwork (our address is below). If mailing, please still fill out the online form first. All entries must be received at our office by January 31, 2023.
Essay project for students in Grades 5 and 6
  • Tell us How Every Litter Bit Matters to You
  • Length: No more than 2 typed pages
  • Upload your essay with your online entry form. Or mail your essay (our address is below). If mailing, please still fill out the online form first. All entries must be received at our office by January 31, 2023.
Video project for students in Grades 5 and 6
  • Show us How Every Litter Bit Matters to You
  • Length: 60 seconds or less
  • Online links (such as Youtube) or uploaded MP4 or MOV formats preferred. If needed, a video can be converted to MP4 using https://cloudconvert.com/.
  • Upload your video with your online entry form, or provide a link to your online video with your entry form. Or mail a USB thumb drive (our address is below). If mailing, please still fill out the online form first. All entries must be received at our office by January 31, 2023. Note that, we will not be able to return any drives to you.
Judging
Your entry will be judged on creativity and how well it represents the theme.
Awards
Two entries will be awarded in each grade level.
  • 1st place receives $50 gift card
  • 1 runner up will receive $25 gift card
  • All participants will receive a certificate of participation
  • Winners will be announced in April in time for Earth Day celebrations.
How to enter

All participants should first fill out the online form below. There are two ways to send us your art, either online or by mail:

  • Upload your art through the online form below, or
  • You can also mail us your art, but first fill out the online form below so we can match your work with your application. Please make sure all artwork has the student's name legibly written.

If submitting your artwork by mail, after filling out the form, send to:
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
Litter Hawk Youth Award Program
105 West Fourth Street, 2nd Floor
Greensburg, PA 15601

All submissions must be received in our office by January 31, 2023.
Any submission becomes property of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has the right to use any selected materials for public relations use, including but not limited to, display of the original or copies at exhibit events, on website and social media, in newsletters or other printed publications, and/or the reproduction of copies on such items as T-shirts, postcards, book covers, or placemats. Submissions will not be returned.

Download posters to promote the Litter Hawk Youth Award Program!

Click the links for different sized posters to promote the Litter Hawk Youth Award Program.

If submitting your artwork by mail, after filling out the online form, send to:
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
Litter Hawk Youth Award Program
105 West Fourth Street, 2nd Floor
Greensburg, PA 15601

All submissions must be received in our office by January 31, 2023.
Any submission becomes property of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has the right to use any selected materials for public relations use, including but not limited to, display of the original or copies at exhibit events, on website and social media, in newsletters or other printed publications, and/or the reproduction of copies on such items as T-shirts, postcards, book covers, or placemats. Submissions will not be returned.

For questions, please email info@keeppabeautiful.org or 877-772-3673.


For inspiration, check out some of the 2022 Litter Hawk winners!