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UPDFCC and UPSCM Present their First Annual Substance Use Prevention Poster Contest 

Substance Use Prevention Poster Contest

Submit a substance abuse prevention poster with a clear message promoting a substance-free lifestyle for young people for the chance to win a prize!  Students can focus on any substance or combination such as marijuana, alcohol, vaping, or opioids.  


Who Can Enter:

6th-8th grade students living in Miami-Dade County

How to Enter:

Create a poster using either digital art media or freestyle media (markers, ink, pencils, pastels, watercolor, painting, collage, mixed media, or any combination).

Submit a completed entry form and your poster to: or

Scroll to the bottom of this page to enter now!

Size Requirement:

Designs must be landscape oriented, 8″ wide, and 5″ high.


*NEW ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, May 12th, 2023, 11:59 pm.


1st Place will win $500 and your poster will be shown on public transit buses across Miami-Dade County.

2nd place will win $250.

3rd place will win $100.

Tips and Resources

Examples of Short, Positive, Alcohol Prevention Messages

  • Be wise: be drug-free.
  • When you start drinking, you stop thinking.
  • Substances ties you in knots.
  • Save your brain, be alcohol-free.
  • Vape-free keeps you smart.

The Do’s:

  • Write a positive, short, catchy substance prevention message.
  • Keep the poster images positive.
  • Try to include one fact about how substances affect youth.
  • Avoid using pictures of paraphernalia in your artwork.
  • Avoid beginning your message with “Don’t.”
  • Use original or copyright-free artwork.
  • Write your message in English, Spanish, or Haitian Creole.

The Do Not’s:

  • Do not use scary pictures or messages (i.e. no car crashes, grim reapers, tombstones, etc.).
  • Do not use cartoon characters that are copyright protected (i.e., Sponge Bob, Shrek).
  • Do not use brand name products on the posters (e.g., Snickers, Doritos, Coca-Cola).
  • Do not use profanity or vulgar language


Alcohol Facts (Use these facts and resources for your design!)