Creative Minds Youth Contest (formerly Art and Essay Contest) is a collaborative venture between Intercultural Dialogue Institute and local school boards in the cities and regions where the contest is conducted. It is supported by a number of local organizations who act as its sponsors. The contest is open to high school students (grades 9-12) in three categories: art, essay and short video. It aims to motivate students, regardless of their ethnic and cultural backgrounds, to reflect on a wide range of topic including, but no limited to, cultural diversity, respect, peaceful coexistence, social justice and responsible citizenship. It aims to provide students with a unique opportunity to express their ideas on a particular topic through creating art pieces, essays and short videos. It is expected to make a positive impact in preparing youth to be empathetic and responsible citizens of their communities and the globe.