Texas mapYouth-led Creative Expression Contest to Prevent COVID-19 Across Texas

Submit by Sunday, August 30!

This is an open invitation to all young people in grades K-12 across the state of Texas to inspire their peers and communities by developing and submitting creative materials that promote protective behaviors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This campaign is hosted by the UTHealth School of Public Health COVID-19 Communication Group which represent all six of the school's campuses and multiple community partners. 

Proposed project submission must be created by student(s) and supported by an identified parent, adult mentor, or sponsor.


  • First place: $300 Walmart e-gift card (A minimum  of five prizes will be awarded)
  • Second place: $100 Walmart e-gift card (A minimum of five prizes will be awarded)
  • Honorable recognition: Submissions will be posted on the UTHealth School of Public Health Facebook page

How it helps

Our goal is to engage young people in grades K-12 to develop creative communication materials that communities from across Texas can use free of charge to promote one or more of the following COVID-19 protective behaviors:

  • Mask wearing
  • Frequently washing hands or use hand sanitizer* when soap is not available 
  • Social distancing
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.

*Hand Sanitizers should contain at least 60% alcohol.

What to submit

As long as the message is clear and links directly to any of these behaviors that could protect your peers, family, and community, you are free to use any of the following creative channels:

  • TikTok or Snapchat-style video, or video recordings (no longer than 90 seconds)
  • Social Media Channels (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or Instagram)
  • Photos highlighting the key messages
  • Visual arts or illustrations that capture the main key message and represents your community/region
  • Inspiring music-video style content
  • Blogs, testimonies, or other means that highlight the key messages

Submission are encouraged from elementary, middle, and high school students. Individual and group submissions are accepted and all languages are welcome!

How to submit

Please submit your entry by Sunday, August 30, 2020 using this form. Early submissions are encouraged!

Submissions must include:

  • The name(s) of the students participating
  • The name of their parent, guardian, or sponsor
  • An image or PDF of a signed media consent form for each youth involved in the submission
  • Contact information
  • Location

Participants will be notified of awards by September 30, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Jacob Szeszulski at Jacob.Szeszulski@uth.tmc.edu (preferred) or call 713-500-9679.

Submission guidelines

  • Proposed project submission must be created by student(s) and supported by an identified parent, adult mentor, or sponsor; parent/guardian permission and signature are required with each submission
  • K-12 students, student clubs, afterschool programs, youth nonprofit organizations, school wellness teams, and other youth-based groups are encouraged to apply
  • Creative expression content can be in English or Spanish and may include translation into other languages
  • Submissions can be either as an individual or as a group of youth; if completed as a group, parent/guardian-signed permission forms for each youth involved with the submission are required
  • Creative expression content in all languages needs to be authentic and original, or it will be excluded from the competition; submissions will be reviewed for use of other’s materials or ideas
  • Creative expression content should capture the main key messages and links directly to any of the three main coronavirus prevention behaviors (mask wearing, handwashing, social distancing)
  • Simple, direct, and brief content/message (e.g., short videos) is encouraged
  • Multiple submissions are allowed

More information about COVID-19 healthy habits

For more information about how to stay healthy, visit the CDC's COVID-19 Information page or the WHO's COVID-19 Myth Busters page.