International Day of Children and Young People 2024

International Creative Competition

Take part in our creative competition for children and young people across the Salvation Army world. 

‘Growing up’ is the title of this year’s theme song for the International Day of Children and Young People. Written by Sujin Choe and arranged by Suyoung Park, it's an upbeat song based on the parable of the mustard seed.

We want you to make a film using the theme song. Be as creative as you can: all forms of expression from animation to live worship are acceptable. You can use the original recording of 'Growing up' or record your own version for the video. 

The best films, chosen by an international jury, will be featured during an online event on Saturday 15 June 2024.

Submit your entry by 23:59 GMT on 31 May 2024.

IHQ and The Salvation Army Korea Territory’s Youth and Children departments are running an international competition (the ‘Competition’) to coincide with The Salvation Army’s International Day of Children and Young People. The aim is to encourage expressions of praise and worship to God through creativity and the participation of children and young people from all over the Salvation Army world.

This year, a theme song entitled ‘Growing Up’ has been created to celebrate the International Day of Children and Young People (the ‘Song’). The Song is available to download from this webpage: In order to enter the Competition, participants (‘Participants’) are invited to create and submit a film (‘Film’) to accompany the Song.

  • The Competition is administered by the Youth and Children Section, Programme Resources Department, The Salvation Army International Trustee Company/The Salvation Army International Headquarters, 101 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4EH, United Kingdom (‘IHQ’). Any queries concerning the Competition should be emailed to
  • All Films will be required to feature the Song. Participants may record their own version of the Song to accompany their Film. The alternative version of the Song may be recorded in Participants’ own language, as long as the Song is recognisable.
  • Participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible, using different arts, styles, and techniques for their Film to complement the Song; from animation to live worship, all forms of expression are possible and acceptable.
  • Films must be 3 minutes or less in length and sent in MP4 or MOV format.
  • Participants must be affiliated in some way with The Salvation Army, e.g. through worship, work or other activity, aged 30 years old or younger and can be located anywhere in the world.
  • The deadline for registering for the Competition and submitting entries is 23:59 GMT on 31 May 2024. No late entries will be accepted.
  • Participants may submit their Films as individual participants or as a group of Participants. Entries are limited to one Film per Participant or group of Participants.
  • All Participants will receive a paper certificate to acknowledge their entry. There will be one certificate per individual Participant or group of Participants. Certificates will be sent to relevant Salvation Army Territories and distributed accordingly.
  • By submitting a Film, the submitter confirms that he/she has obtained permission from all individuals appearing in the Film.
  • All material comprising Films, aside from the Song, must be fully owned by Participants. By entering the Competition, Participants agree to fully assign all intellectual property, moral and other rights in the Films to IHQ.
  • By entering the Competition, Participants agree to their Film being saved on the servers of International Headquarters and shared on the IHQ Youth and Children’s YouTube channel located at on 8 June 2024, one week before an online award event to take place on 15 June 2024 (the ‘Online Event’). Films will remain on the YouTube channel indefinitely.
  • Films will be judged by members of a jury comprising experts in creative arts from four different regions of The Salvation Army world (the ‘Jury’). There will be one winning Film and all decisions of the Jury are final with respect to all aspects of the Competition.
  • During the Online Event on 15 June 2024, in addition to the winning Film, an additional four Films awarded the next highest scores by the Jury will be shown, as well as the five Films to have received the most ‘likes’ on YouTube.
  • The winning individual or group will receive a physical, customised banner as their prize. This can be sent to the winner by mail or awarded in person, if possible. There will be no alternative prizes or cash offered and where a group of Participants wins, one prize per group will be awarded. The winner must accept their prize within one week of announcement.
  • Should a winner refuse a prize, IHQ shall be released from any obligation related to the prize and the prize will be forfeited.
  • IHQ accepts no responsibility for the failure or malfunction of any hardware, software or telecommunication component relating to online Competition entries.
  • IHQ has the right to terminate or suspend the Competition or to modify the Competition terms and conditions at any time, without notice, for any reason whatsoever.

To Enter

To enter the competition, fill in the form below. You will receive an email with instructions for submitting your film. By entering you agree to abide by all terms and conditions stated and outlined above.

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