#StayHealthy Essay Contest

Open to all Yavapai County high school students!

1st Place - $500; 2nd Place - $300; 3rd Place - $100; Honorable Mention - $50



Choose one of the following prompts. Please limit essay to 750 words or less.

  1. 36% of youth who use drugs and alcohol say they use to deal with stress at school. Studies show that alcohol and drugs are not positive coping mechanisms and actually add stress. How has stress impacted your life and what are positive ways to deal with stress and #StayHealthy?
  2. According to the 2018 Arizona Youth Survey, 57% of youth do not perceive drug and alcohol use as risky. Science tells us that drug and alcohol use are related to many social, physical, and emotional harms. What would you tell youth to convince them of the true harms of drug and alcohol use and why they should #StayHealthy?
  3. What would you tell your 10-year-old self to better prepare yourself for high school and how to #StayHealthy through the challenges of life?

Contest deadline is March 1, 2019.  View the guidelines and contest rules and flyer here.

 Stand With Me, Be Drug Free Youth Poster Contest

Annual Youth Poster Contest

The theme for the 2019 MATFORCE Youth Poster Contest is Stand With Me, Be Drug Free. Yavapai County youth ages 5 to 18, are invited to enter the contest.
Two grand prize winners and seven category winners will be awarded cash prizes along with up to 50 honorable mention winners. New categories were also added this year. Winning posters will be used in official MATFORCE materials.
Contest deadline is March 29, 2019Flyer & Guidelines


Grand Prize Winners are:

  • Jared Sanders, Age 10, Skyview Charter School - K-6th Grade
  • Angelina Jonas, Age 14, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School - 7th-12th Grade

Age Category Winners are:

  • Jamie Ann Savoini, Age 5, Abia Judd Elementary - Age 5/6 Category Winner
  • Bailey Rentschler, Age 8, Abia Judd Elementary - Age 7/8 Category Winner
  • Anthony Cisneros, Age 10, Paulden School - Age 9/10 Category Winner
  • Jordan Granados, Age 12, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School - Age 11/12 Category Winner
  • Zachary Guillen, Age 14, Glassford Hill Middle School - Age 13/14 Category Winner
  • Cassidy Blake, Age 15/16, Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center - Age 15/16 Category Winner
  • Gilberto Herrera, Age 17, Camp Verde High School - Age 17/18 Category Winner

View 2017 Youth Poster Contest Winners
View 2016 Youth Poster Contest Winners
View 2015 Youth Poster Contest Winners
View 2014 Youth Poster Contest Winners

 Yavapai County Youth Council

Join a youth group that is making a difference in their community!

The Yavapai County Youth Council is looking for students in 8th – 12th grade to participate in a youth-led group.

We want your input!

Have fun participating in

  • anti-substance abuse campaigns
  • media commercials
  • community events
  • youth leadership training
  • and more!

Earn scholarships and service hours based on participation.

Join YC2 today!



Above the Influence www.abovetheinfluence.com
The Science Behind Drug Abuse teens.drugabuse.gov
photo of Maggie

MATFORCE Speakers Bureau Bob McBride and Maggie with message “Drugs are For Dummies”.
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Teen Resources

Each year MATFORCE sponsors a “Stand With Me, Be Drug Free” Youth Video Contest.

Watch these winning videos to learn the many ways youth are speaking out against drug and alcohol abuse and choosing to live healthier lives.

Playlist for 2018 Video Contest winners

Playlist for 2017 Video Contest winners
Playlist for 2016 Video Contest winners
Playlist for 2015 Video Contest winners
Playlist for 2014 Video Contest winners
Playlist for 2013 Video Contest winners
Playlist for 2012 Video Contest winners
Playlist for 2011 Video Contest winners
Playlist for 2010 Video Contest winners

Pizza Box Topper Contest Winners

This database is maintained by the MATFORCE, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition, as a source of information for persons seeking information for themselves or for someone else. MATFORCE does not make specific recommendations or endorsements regarding any of the resources. Important Information on Licensing and Accreditation

Safe Prescription Drug Disposal

During normal business hours...
Greater Prescott Area:
  • Chino Valley Police Dept.
  • Prescott Police Dept.
  • Prescott Valley Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
  • Yavapai College Police Department - Prescott Campus
Verde Valley Area
  • Camp Verde Marshal's Office
  • Clarkdale Police Dept.
  • Cottonwood Police Dept.
  • Jerome Police Dept.
  • Sedona Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
  • Yavapai College Police Department - Clarkdale Campus
Flyer with address and phone info

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