As a company whose goal is to help people get healthy, stay healthy, and live well, it’s not surprising that Walgreens would coordinate a challenge around teen health, and we’re honored that they have chosen to use the Skild contest platform. A group called the Walgreens Community Task Force noticed the rising incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV and AIDS, among 14 to 18 year olds and thought the people best able to talk about this serious topic was students themselves.
The Task Force felt that art would be a great “language” with which to encourage young people to make better life choices especially in their relationships. The Expressions Challenge is designed to enable students to have a positive influence on their friends, classmates, and community. In addition to the topic of sexual responsibility, teens are encouraged to share their thoughts on bully and self-esteem, teen pregnancy, and other issues.
About the Expressions Challenge
To take the Expressions Challenge, teens submit an entry on their chosen topic in one of three categories:
- Visual Arts – An original work of art
- Media Arts – A photo or video
- Creative Writing – An original essay or poem
The topics from which participants can select are:
- Teen Pregnancy
- Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Awareness and Prevention
- Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness and Prevention
- Sexual Responsibility Awareness
After an evaluation process that involves public voting, preliminary judging, and expert panel judging on criteria such as Appropriateness to Theme, Originality, and Artistic Expression, First Place and Second Place winners are selected.
One unique aspect of the challenge is that the First Place winner receives $2,000 but the winner’s school and a teacher of their choosing are also rewarded with $500 each. Second Place winners receive a check for $1,250, with their designated teacher getting $500. The Challenge takes place in a number of metropolitan areas around the country.
In addition to the contest, the Expressions Challenge hosts annual programs including Gallery Tours and Teen Summits.
Helping Teens Talk with Their Peers about Important Issues
Powered by the Skild contest software, the Expressions Challenge is the perfect way to get teens talking to one another and their community about issues they all face. Congratulations to the participants for making a difference.