Walgreens recognizes six St. Louis teens as part of the company's Expressions Challenge

ST. LOUIS — Walgreens last week awarded six area teens cash prizes of up to $2,000 for their participation in the Walgreens Expressions Challenge, according to a story published in The St. Louis American Tuesday. 

The winners were selected out of more than 1,000 entries. 

Walgreens created the Expressions Challenge to engage high school teens between the ages 14 to 18 in the conversation of healthy choices for their future through creative expression. Currently, Expressions is executed in the Chicago and St. Louis markets. Over the last six years, Expressions has reached more than 500,000 teens, Walgreens reported.

The Expressions Challenge motivates teens to voice their opinion across relevant health topics through creative writing or through the use of multimedia or visual arts. 

The Expressions Challenge has awarded more than $70,000 in cash and prizes to date.

The Expressions Program reaches beyond the contest period through the Expressions Challenge Gallery Tours, where the entrants’ art work is on display at partner schools for a three to four week period to promote peer-to-peer healthy choices. Expressions “Stop. Think. Wait.” Poster Campaign transfers the entrants’ works from the Visual Arts category into posters with impactful messages, which are distributed to schools and organizations between Chicago and St. Louis.

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