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 “by the people, for the people”?

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

Below are some questions which might spark some ideas as you are crafting your entry. These are meant to provide inspiration and a starting point. You can choose one or focus on the general topic from your unique point of view.

What would you want police officers to know to help them understand and serve your community better? 

• What does policing in the United States need in order to better reflect democratic values?

• How could the idea of democratic checks and balances be applied to American policing to promote justice and equity?

• Do local police understand your community and the relevance of the democratic principle “by the people, for the people” in their work?

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 November 15th, 2021



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: