Every year, Impact Teen Drivers and California Casualty offer enrolled students, ages 14 to 22, the opportunity to win prizes for their original works (creative writing, video, graphic design, or music) showcasing creative solutions for preventing the #1 killer of their peers –reckless and distracted driving.
Distracted driving is anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, mind off driving, or keeps ears from being alert to surroundings. Commonly referred to as accidents, these crashes are actually 100% preventable.
The Create Real Impact contest is a proactive movement to reduce poor decision making and inattentive driving by 16 to 19-year-olds that has become an epidemic. Empowering messages from young people urging their peers to adopt safer driving attitudes and avoid the tragic result of bad choices behind-the-wheel can save lives.
The Fall 2020 Create Real Impact contest winners were recently selected.
Prizes are awarded by a panel of qualified judges based on the following weighted criteria: 25% concept/creativity; 25% execution of the idea; 50% effectiveness of the message emphasizing solution(s).
The following students will receive $1,500 Grand Prize educational grants for their entries:
- Jessie M., Sunbury, PA, in the music category for the work titled, “Some Things Change”
- Andre M., Halethorpe, MD, in the video category for “Don’t Drop the Ball”
- Erika A., Honolulu, HI, in the creative writing category for “A reverse poem of the preventable killer of teens – distracted driving”
- Mayumi D., Las Vegas, NV, in the graphic design category for the piece “No Distraction is Worth Risking Your Life”
Guohang (Henry) Z., Rowland Heights, CA, received $500 as the first runner-up for his video, “JUST DRIVE! (it’s free!)”
These students won for their works in Spanish:
- Fiorella M., Doral, FL, in the Spanish language category for the video “Create Real Impact- Como Prevenir Manejar con Distracciones” – a Judges Pick, receiving $1,000
- Alejandra B. Cheyenne, WY, for “Vale la pena?” – Honorable Mention Spanish Graphic Design, receiving $250
- Belen T., Salinas, CA, for “Informacion Para Padres De Conductores Adolecente” – Honorable Mention Spanish Video, receiving $500
These students had the most online votes for their submitted works. Each will receive $500 in grant funds:
- Maxwell R., Boston, MA, in the music category for “I Don’t”
- Gaby G., Bergenfield, NJ, in the video category for “Choose Today to Have a Tomorrow”
- Annaka T., Lemoore, CA, in the creative writing category for the piece “Anything can happen in a matter of a second”
- Alec B., Aptos, CA, for a graphic design submission titled, “It’s the mindset”
The 2021 Create Real Impact contest will kick off in January. Entries will be taken at www.createrealimpact.com. For more information on how to get schools and students involved, please contact email@example.com.
About Impact Teen Drivers
Impact Teen Drivers was founded in mid-2007 by the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, California Casualty, and the California Teachers Association. The organization has emerged as a leading non-profit organization dedicated to reversing the pervasive yet 100% preventable crisis of teens killed in car crashes. ITD’s mission is to develop, promote, and facilitate evidence-based education and strategies to save lives and reduce injuries and fatalities caused by reckless and distracted driving. To learn more visit www.ImpactTeenDrivers.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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