Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest

Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest

The Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest is an opportunity for children ages 8 - 14 to use their artistic abilities to expressing their rejection to Substance and Alcohol Abuse.  They also use their creativity by coming up with a phrase or slogan to emphasize the drawing.

The topics for the Substance Abuse Awareness Contest are Substance/Narcotics Abuse and Alcohol Abuse .

All you need to hold an event is a team willing to score and grade the Posters submitted by students.  You can work in combination with a Catholic School, a Religious Education program in your local parish, a Squires Circle. 

2nd Place International Substance Abuse Awareness for 12-14 year old category. Rachel Gai from Des Moines 2008

It is that simple!  Here are the simple steps:

1) Order your materials from the Supreme Council by filling out the Supreme Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Order Form.

2) If several councils in your District are participating, find some people to judge for your District Poster Contest.  District winners go directly to State.  Council winners should be sent to the District by 15 November. District winners should be brought to the December State Family meeting for judging.

3) When you have completed your local competition, make sure to submit the Supreme Poster Contest Participation Form  As with all forms, send a copy to your District Deputy and another to

Preparing for Contest:   Council Youth Director or Poster Contest Coordinator, should order Poster kits early in July (along with other kits for Youth Activities in which the Council will be participating).   If your Council’s Parish has a school, coordinate with the school as when would be the best time to have the contest (given the council time frame above).  When a date is established, ask if there is a school department that would be most appropriate through which to “roll out” the contest within the school.  Utilize that department/teacher to assist with getting the word out within the school.  (Don’t be shy!  You will find out that most schools will jump at the chance to have a school project for their students, and they will work with you to ensure success of the venture!)  Further ensure that the school displays their participants prominently in a common area within the school/parish while contest is underway.

If you do not have a school within your Parish, advertise – with the permission of the Parish Priest -- via church bulletin item and/or Poster Kit items.  Entry forms should be available at the Parish office or in common areas in the gathering space, i.e. kiosks.  In soliciting participants, don’t forget Youth RE classes.

Contest Rules:

Posters must reflect either the theme of Alcohol Awareness and Abuse or Drug Awareness and Abuse.

Each poster should be the original work (including concept, layout, slogan and visual images) of a single person.

Posters must be 11x17 inches in size.  If chalks, charcoal or pastels are used the poster must be laminated or covered in clear plastic.  Posters can be in color or black and white.

Posters must be submitted with a completed Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest entry form attached.  In addition, the name and grade of participant should be included on back of poster.

All entries become the property of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council and posters will not be returned.


Judges can be comprised team comprised of a combination of youth, teachers or school administrators, Knights, substance abuse counselors and law enforcement officials.  Note:  it is important that students are part of the judging team it gives them input into developing solutions to the challenges they face.


Posters are judged on a 100-point scoring system to determine winners:

Slogan – 30 points – How clearly is theme presented?

Visuals – 30 points – How well do the visuals convey the message?

Overall Impact – 40 points – How effective was the poster in capturing your attention and causing you to reflect on the topic?


Awards are at the discretion of the Council.   Certificates should be provided to all participants and are included in the kit.  Winner’s awards:  some ideas that I have seen are art kits, ribbons, or a picture of the winning poster incorporated into a winner’s certificate, which, when framed, can be an inexpensive yet meaningful award to the winner(s).  Don’t let lack of imagination hold back your choice of awards!

State winners will be awarded a plaque which will be given out following judging at the State Family Winter meetings.

International award recipients will be announced at the end of the Columbian Year.

For more details specific details visit the Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest at the Supreme Council website.

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