SafeLaunch Health Leadership Awards

How Drugs Affected My Life & How I Prevailed*

A scholarship offered to students in collaboration with the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance

The SafeLaunch Health Leadership Award is open to graduating high school students who have overcome adverse childhood experiences which included substance use disorder suffered by a parent, guardian, sibling or themselves.  Participation in a drug screening program** is not a requirement for the award, however, applicants who have successfully participated in such a program shall receive extra credit.  Any applicant who has spoken up and gone out of their way to protect their peer group from addiction will also be given extra credit.  Each $500-$1000 award granted should be used to meet the financial requirements of post secondary education or a certificate program for employment.


  1. Provide your full name, age, address, phone number and email on the top of your document.  Include the name of your school or program, city, state, and the name of the person who gave you the application.

  2. Tell your story. Write 250-500 double-spaced, typed pages, or 1-2 single-spaced, handwritten pages. 

  3. Return your story to the person who gave you the application by the deadline they provide.

    Use the following questions to inspire you, but it's not necessary to answer each one.

  • What do you think caused the person in your life story to become addicted?

  • How old were you, or the person you describe, when the drug use first began?

    • If it was not you, how old were you when you became aware of their drug use?

  • How did drug use by yourself, or others, impact your life?

  • How did that experience affect your development and who you are today?

  • What motivated the drug user to change, if they did?

  • Was drug screening a part of the person’s recovery?

  • Have you ever participated in a drug screening program to help you avoid the use of drugs?

    • If yes, what school or program provided the drug screening?

    • If yes, do you think drug screening helped you avoid the use of drugs?

  • Who do you admire?  Who inspires you?  What motivates you to achieve?

  • What is advice would you give to help anyone avoid drug use?

  • What do you think schools and parents could and should do to help students avoid the use of drugs?

  • What are your current goals?  What are you looking forward to in life?

  • Were you offered any drug during the past 10 years?

    • If yes, how old were you the first time someone offered you a drug?

    • What was your relationship to the person(s) who offered you drugs or alcohol?

  • Have you ever gone out of your way to encourage others not to use drugs or advocated against drug use? Please describe.

* Important: The term drug refers to alcohol, marijuana, or any illicit or non-medical drug.
** A drug screening program can be random, non-punitive, and confidential or a mandated program.