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A team of 14 judges reviewed the entries to the Writing and Arts categories and selected three winners from each. Honorable mention and a cash prize was awarded to the single entrant in the video category whose film adhered to the contest’s rules.


First Place

Second Place

Third Place


First Place

Shreya Daggolu, 16

Jackson Heights, NY

Second Place

Third Place


Hannah Hartman, 14

Leominster, MA

Honorable Mention

Youth Voices Contest Guidelines

You(th) Matter invites you to express your views on the relationship between policing and democracy, in a NATIONAL COMPETITION to win CASH PRIZES. We want to hear from you! 

The Youth Voices contest will showcase youth WRITING, FILM, and ARTWORK from communities nationwide.


What is the role of policing in fostering democracy?

Democracy is about elevating voices and we want to elevate YOUR voice!

There are many ways to tackle this question, so there is no one right answer. The questions below are meant to inspire you. You can choose one or focus on the general topic from your unique point of view.

-       What do you want police to understand to help them uphold the 

democratic principle  of “by the people, for the people?”

-      What should police officers know about your community so they can better

serve it?

-       How do you think policing might help realize the promise of a democracy

of the people and for the people?

-       What role can policing play in promoting justice and equality?

-       How might local police work with community members and community

organizations to help better realize the promise of our democracy?

Eligibility & Guidelines ​​

  • Contestants must be between 14-18 years old. 

  • Each contestant may only submit 1 entry

  • Contest begins on July 15th, 2021 and ends on January 4th, 2022



Prizes will be awarded to a Winner, Runner Up and Second Runner Up in each category.

  • Each Winner will receive $1,000

  • Each Runner up will receive $500

  • Each Second Runner Up will receive $250

**Questions about the contest can be emailed to:

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