La Jolla, Calif. (PRWEB) April 03, 2014
Natural High, a nationally renowned drug prevention nonprofit organization based in San Diego, is now accepting submissions for their fifth annual National PSA Contest. In partnership with Taylor Guitars, humanitarian organization SurfAid and rising pop artist Cody Lovaas, the drug prevention organization is asking youth between the ages of 10 – 18 to share their passions in written or video form and how those passions helped them say no to drugs and alcohol. The contest is a unique opportunity for educators, parents and schools nationwide to engage young people in a positive way at a time when heroin overdoses are posing an ‘urgent public health crisis,’ as declared by US Attorney General, Eric Holder.
“We’ve been advocating for active, empowered and full lives, independent of artificial highs, for two decades,” said Natural High founder, Jon Sundt. “We are so grateful and proud to have been helping our youth for 20 years, and there is no way to celebrate that is more aligned with our mission than to offer young people a chance to express their natural highs through our National PSA Contest.”
Contestants will be split into two age levels based on grade (5th-8th and 9th-12th) and can submit entries in either video or essay format. The top four entrants (one from each age level and each format) will receive a $250 grant, to be used to pursue their natural high or passion. Of the four first prize winners, one entry will be selected for the grand prize, which includes a Hero3+ Silver Edition GoPro, signed Taylor Guitar and personal guitar lessons from Cody Lovaas. Additionally, the grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip Natural High’s 20th Anniversary Gala in San Diego this fall, SurfAid merchandise and Natural High merchandise.
The initial round of judging by an appointed Natural High youth council will be based on the following criteria: 25% creativity, 25% quality and 50% how well it fits with the Natural High theme. The top three entries for each age level and format will then be posted on the Natural High Facebook page for open voting. The grand prize winner will be selected from the four first prize winners by the Natural High staff and board of directors.
Last year, more than 216 contestants entered from 24 states for a shot to show the world their passions, exhibiting a wide array of natural highs. The winner, Emily Laliotis from San Diego, took the grand prize by sharing her natural high: music.
About Natural High
Natural High is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization inspiring youth to discover, amplify and pursue their natural high, giving them a reason to say no to an artificial high. In collaboration with over 40 influential celebrities, Natural High engages youth in classrooms via their video series and research based curriculum which is provided free-of-charge to educators across the U.S.; online via Naturalhigh.org, and social media; and in the community via merchandise and events like Vans Warped Tour and contests. They currently work with more than 16,000 educators and reach 7 million youth every year. For more information visit http://www.naturalhigh.org and see what Natural High has accomplished in 2013.