It has been more than 10 years since Walgreens launched their first Expressions Challenge program. Teens are encouraged to use their creative side to manage stressful situations. Originally offered in Chicago and St. Louis, the contest has been opened up to include high school students nationwide. 

Submissions are being accepted now through Mar. 31, with 12 winners from three categories to be awarded $2,000 each. Winners will be selected and announced in May 2021.

Formed in 2009, the Expressions Challenge is a creative arts competition in three categories, including visual arts, video production and spoken word. Teens are guided to use time spent working on their creations as outlets for expressing difficulties they are facing. Students’ finished works have addressed a range of issues including bullying and self image to the spread of HIV. Today, many teens are struggling with anxiety compounded by the effects of COVID-19. 

“Expressions was created for moments like these. Our country is dealing with the weight of a pandemic that has been so challenging that one can only imagine how young people must feel. Every year, Expressions proves to be more rewarding than the previous year, and Walgreens is pleased to extend this support to teens at a time when our nation could use more compassion and healing,” said John Standley, president, Walgreens.

This year the program includes a Specialty Award category for submissions that explore the impact of COVID-19. The winner will receive $1,000 for the best entry that addresses the effects of the pandemic and the importance of getting vaccinated. Coordinators for the Expressions Challenge program will interact with schools and students virtually through planned digital and social engagements.

For more information and details about how to enter the Expressions Challenge, please visit the website.