Today: Jun 04 , 2020

2019 'Stay Healthy' Youth Essay Contest

23 January 2019  

Youth are eligible to receive cash prizes for the winning essay.

MATFORCE is launching its first annual youth Essay Contest. The theme of the contest is “Stay Healthy” and is open to all high school students in Yavapai County. 

Youth are invited to write a 750 or less word essay answering one of the following questions: 

1. 36% of youth who use drugs and alcohol say they use to deal with stress at school. Studies show that alcohol and drugs are not positive coping mechanisms and actually add stress. How has stress impacted your life and what are positive ways to deal with stress and to Stay Healthy? 

2. According to the 2018 Arizona Youth Survey, 57% of youth do not perceive drug and alcohol use as risky. Science tells us that drug and alcohol use are related to many social, physical and emotional harms. What would you tell youth to convince them of the true harms of drug and alcohol use and why they should Stay Healthy? 

3. What would you tell your 10-year-old self to better prepare yourself for high school and how to Stay Health through the challenges of life? 

The first place entry will win $500, second place $300, third place $100 and Honorable Mention $50. The deadline for the contest is Friday, March 1. For guidelines and contest rules please go to