Teens Make Their Voices Heard With The Walgreens Expressions Challenge

teen standing, leaning against wall arms crossedWhen it comes to talking about sex and sexually transmitted infections with youth, the conversation can be challenging for both adults and teens. But, it’s a necessary conversation to have. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), youth between the ages of 15-24 account for half of the 20 million new cases of STIs that happen yearly in the U.S. The Walgreens Co. has found a creative way to make this talk and other serious topics easier through The Walgreens Expressions Challenge.

The Walgreens Expressions Challenge is a peer-to-peer based health awareness initiative that gives high school teens an outlet to creatively express their perspectives on making healthy lifestyle choices. Through the use of visual arts, creative writing and media arts, teens make their voices heard on bullying, sexual responsibility, self-esteem and more. 

“It is important that we are given an outlet to express our voices and experience a sense of accomplishment for our efforts. This can inspire countless others to implement change through creative expression,” Anana Upton, a senior at Chicago’s Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, shared with BlackDoctor.org.

Upton, who plans on submitting a visual arts piece on LGBTQAI teens, believes The Walgreens Challenge is especially important to help “youth explore their own belief and understanding of the world [on] a deeper level.”

For students who may be a little bit more shy, like Kayla Wright, a 16-year-old sophomore at Hillcrest High School, the Challenge helps them to…