Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest

The problem of Substance Abuse has reached crisis levels: even the President of the United States has declared the rise of opiate use a national emergency.  Help do your part to keep kids off drugs by sponsoring the K of C Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Poster Contest.

Entries in the Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest must fall under either Alcohol Awareness and Abuse or Drug Awareness and Abuse. Each poster on either topic must include a slogan and an original visual image. Posters may be entered under only one topic: Drug Abuse & Prevention, or Alcohol Abuse & Prevention.


The Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest is open to all young people between the ages of 8 and 14.

Contest entrants compete in one of two age groups: ages 8 through 11 or ages 12 through 14.  In some cases such as a contest sponsored by a specific class or school, the contestants can be judged based on their grade level: 2nd through 5th, or 6th through 9th.

Council officials should order the program kit through Supplies Online, the supply ordering portal, and then promote the contest and contact schools to participate.

Contest Levels & Suggested Time Frame

Talk to your state program or youth director for specific dates in your jurisdiction, as well as addresses to submit winners for higher levels of competition.

Council level - This is the first level of the competition, generally taking place in January.  The winning poster in each category/age group (a total of 4: 8-11 drug, 8-11 alcohol, 12-14 drug & 12-14 alcohol) moves to the next level- district or regional/state.

District level - Generally scheduled for February, the district level of the contest occurs only if more than one council in the district participates in the Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest. Check with your district deputy to see if this is the case in your area. The winning posters for this level of the contest are forwarded to state program personnel for either the regional or state competition.

Regional/State - The regional level of competition usually only takes place in larger jurisdictions — the judging is usually in March. Scheduling, judges and prizes are provided by the state council.  Winning posters at this level should be sent to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510-3326. For questions, you may call (203)752-4270.

Action Steps

Conducting a Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest is an excellent way to get the young people of your community involved in addressing issues that directly affect them. It is fun and easy to conduct: fun because of the opportunity to witness the creativity and optimism of the young people in your community; easy because you can tap into existing structures like schools, CYOs, and Squires circles to do a lot of preliminary work. It can also provide excellent local, national, and potentially international, publicity for the council.

Click here for full instructions in conducting a poster contest.

Support Materials

Below is a complete list of the rules, action steps, and guidelines to running a poster contest. These documents, which include forms to fill out to enter the poster contest, are in pdf format and are printable for your convenience.

Printed Materials
Item Form #
Substance Abuse Poster Contest Kit (#SA-KIT)
Participation Report Form 4001
Entry Form/Judging Sheet 4000
Council Winner Certificate 4015
Council Participant Certificate 4016
Program Guide 4112
Promotional Poster A 4357A
Promotional Poster B 4357B


Supreme Council Contact Information
When ordering materials, please use the online request form when available, or mail or fax a Requisition Form (#1) to the respective department.
Orders made online or faxed in should not be mailed in, as it may result in a duplicate order. Please allow four weeks to ensure delivery by the event.
DepartmentPostal ServiceTelephone / Fax

Department of
Fraternal Mission

Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510

Tel: 203-752-4270
Fax: 203-752-4108


Previous Winners

2016-2017 Substance Abuse Poster Contest Winners

2015-2016 Substance Abuse Poster Contest Winners 

2014-2015 Substance Abuse Poster Contest Winners 

2013-2014 Substance Abuse Poster Contest Winners 

2012-2013 Substance Abuse Poster Contest Winners

2011-2012 Substance Abuse Poster Contest Winners