Substance Abuse Poster Contest

Young people have been tempted by alcohol and drug abuse for decades now.  The Knights of Columbus continues to fight against alcohol abuse and drug usage as part of the California State Community Activity Program.  The false glamour attached to these twin evils has ruined far too many lives.  The Poster Contest, which is sponsored by the California State Council, is part of an effort to shatter the allure of substance abuse and let young people communicate directly to one another regarding this serious topic.

This contest is open to all youth from 8 – 14 years old from your community. They are asked to design and create posters that communicate a message of sobriety and the dangers of substance abuse.  Their efforts are submitted to local councils for judging. The winners from each Council will go up to the Chapter level competition.  The Chapter winners will progress to the State Council’s Community Activities Program.   Prizes are awarded along the way to winning entries. Winning posters become the property of the Knights of Columbus.

Eligibility Requirements:
            Contestants will complete in two age groups for purposes of judging: (Age as of January 1st)

Age 8 through 11
Age 12 through 14

Poster Topics:
            Entries in the Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest fall under only one of two topics:

Alcohol Awareness and Abuse
Drug Awareness and Abuse

Entrant can only enter in one of the categories.

Judging Criteria:
            Teams of young people, Knights, teachers, administrators, students, substance abuse counselors and law enforcement officials should be involved in judging the posters.  In keeping with the theme of giving young people the opportunity to develop their own solutions to the challenges they face, it is particularly important to involve young people in the process.  The criteria for scoring posters are listed below and must be written on the Poster Entry form:

Criteria Description Point Range

Slogan –       How clearly is the theme presented? 1 to 30

Visuals –      How well do the visuals convey the message? 1 to 30

Overall Impact –      How effective is the poster in capturing your attention and causing you to reflect on the topic? 1 to 40

Individual / Council Participation Forms and other Materials

California State Substance Abuse – Individual Participation Form w/ rules

California State Substance Abuse – Council Participation Form

California State Substance Abuse – Poster Overall Handbook

Substance Abuse First Place Certificate

Substance Abuse Participant Certificate

Check List for January through March

Deadlines for each Level


Council Level         Mail by January 25

Chapter Level         Mail by March 10

State                        Mail by ** March 25

**Dates are different than Supreme’s due to our winner’s information needs to be submitted to the State Awards Chairman by April 1st.


Slogan                                        1-30 points

Visuals                                       1-30 points

Overall Impact                         1-40 points

Important Information on Poster Entry Forms

1.  Needs 3 Signatures- Contestant, Parent or Guardian and Witness (Knight)

2.  Check age as of January 1st

3.  Home address and phone (only) NO School address and phone

4.  Council # is needed

5.  Age Group 8-11 OR 12-14

6.  One Theme

7.  Contestant can only compete in ONE Category.  Alcohol OR Drug Awareness

8.  Send a copy of your Participation form to Supreme and State Chairman at the end of your competition.

Judging Deductions


1.  Poster NOT 11 x 17 inches

2.  More than one Theme

3.  Computer generated pictures Must be entrant own work/pictures

4.  In wrong age group

5.  NO entry form attached

6.  If charcoal or pastels, needs to be laminated

7.  Posters NOT received by due date

8.  Multiple students creating one poster

Check out the Posters at the State Convention.

            The local Council, Chapter, and State Council will determine monetary or other prizes for participation.  Winner and participant certificates should be awarded.  You can download these certificates and the Substance Abuse packet in the folder at the California State Website under forms.

Packets are no longer available from the Supreme Website.

            Contest can start as early as September and run to middle of January.   After your competition, Send a copy of the Participation form to the California State Poster Chairman.   Our awards need to be submitted to the California State Awards Chairman by April 1st.

Additional questions should be directed to the Chapter or State Chairman.  Local competition for the Poster Contest is under the authority of the Council Program Chairman or Council Youth Chairman.  Subsequent competition will be under the authority of the State Poster Chairman and State Community Activity Chairman.

Bob Pineschi
Substance Abuse Poster Chairman
2450 Forest Oaks Ct.
Lincoln, CA  95648