For Immediate Release
California Casualty
Robin Freese
Impact Teen Drivers
Kelly Browning, Ph.D.

National “Create Real Impact” Contest Awards Teens For Their Artistic Safe Driving Messages


Impact Teen DriversSan Mateo, CA, April 21, 2020 – Students and schools across the country have won $12,500 in educational grants through the 2020 Spring Create Real Impact Contest, sponsored by Impact Teen Drivers and California Casualty.

The Create Real Impact Contest gives enrolled students, ages 14 to 22, the opportunity to win prizes for their original works showcasing creative solutions for preventing reckless and distracted driving.

Almost 2,000 submissions were received. Prizes are awarded by a panel of qualified judges based on the following weighted criteria: 25% concept/creativity; 25% execution of the idea; 50% effectiveness of the message emphasizing solution(s).

The following students will receive $1,500 grand prize educational grants for their entries:

  • Raul H., Sacramento, CA, in the video category for the work titled, “The Road Aint No Game”
  • Margarita R., Pomona, CA, in the graphic design category for the poster “Distracted Driving Kills”
  • Everen G., San Diego, CA, in the music category for “Fractures”
  • Hallah H., Salem, OR, in the creative writing category for the piece “Constant Distraction”
  • Porter C., Provo, UT, in the Spanish language category for the video “Nuestra Responsabilidad”

Their entries can be seen by visiting the Create Real Impact homepage at

A $1,000 grant was given to schools with the most student entries: Liberty High School in Hillsboro, OR; Village Academy High School in Pomona, CA; and West Campus High School in Sacramento, CA.

Three Liberty High School (LHS) health teachers taught 12 classes, training every sophomore at LHS with the Impact Teen Drivers lessons. This is the third award Liberty High School students have won for their school by entering the Create Real Impact contest.

When told about the $1,000 Create Real Impact award to Hillsboro’s Liberty High School, Health Teacher Laurie Jenkins who coordinated the training, said, “Thank you for the wonderful news! It’s been a “trying” few days with our staff taking the crash courses in online learning platforms…the news just gave me the chills.”

The winning entries can be viewed at

“The objective of the Create Real Impact Contest is to allow young people to engage, educate and empower their peers with strategies to stop the number one killer of teens – car crashes – particularly those caused by reckless and distracted driving,” said Kelly Browning, Ph.D., Executive Director, Impact Teen Drivers.

Impact Teen Drivers has reached more than two million teens since 2007 and the Create Real Impact contest began in 2009. California Casualty is a founding partner of the nonprofit and continues to provide support for the contest.

“The importance of this contest can’t be overstated,” said California Casualty Chairman Beau Brown. “While insurance can replace a mangled vehicle, we can’t replace a teenager’s life. In a split second, everything for that family changes forever; it’s a terrible tragedy that no one should endure.”

The 2020 Fall Create Real Impact contest will kick off in August. Fall entries will be taken at For more information on how to get schools and students involved, please contact

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Create Real Impact Contest poster