For Immediate Release
April 29, 2016
$300 Cash Prize available for 2016 Youth PSA Challenge Winner
Challenge released to 7TH-12TH Grade Youth in Hamilton, Humboldt, & Wright Counties for Teen Empowerment Month
The Bee Inspired Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) Program through Building Families encourages 7th -12th grade students; or youth ages 13-18 that live or attend school in Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright County; to take an active role in empowering their peers to make healthy informed decisions through education and community awareness.
We are calling all future writers, directors, actors, actresses, musicians, and/or artists to take part in the Youth Public Service Announcement (PSA) Challenge. The contest is part of our recognition of Teen Empowerment Month in May. Peer to peer messages can be very powerful, and are an important prevention tool. The contest is designed for youth in the tri-county area to develop video messages, radio clips, photography, music, art, poetry, or some other form of medium that are creative, unique, medically accurate, age-appropriate, and meet the challenge criteria. Topics may include (but are not limited to) getting the facts, setting limits, being safe and protected, healthy relationships, teen health, sexual responsibility, STD or pregnancy prevention, resisting pressure(s), accessing resources, having conversations with approachable adults, or other sexual health topics. The challenge is ultimately a creative means for youth to share their voice, and encourage their peers to avoid risky behaviors that could lead to teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Local classrooms, after-school programs, individuals, and/or groups of youth are eligible to enter the Youth PSA Challenge. Entries are due by 4pm on May 27, 2016. The winning entry will have the chance to win a $300 cash prize, a $150 second place prize, and a $50 prize for third place. All winning entries will be recognized by the Bee Inspired CAPP Program prior to June 15th.
May is Teen Empowerment Month, a time to highlight the importance of education, access and empowerment to help teens take control of their sexual health in a way that is normalized and not stigmatized. This month, schools and health organizations across Iowa, including Bee Inspired, will be hosting awareness campaigns and activities to encourage teens to become informed about healthy relationships and responsible sexual decision making. This PSA Challenge is just one of the many activities lined up for the awareness month. For more information on Teen Empowerment Month, check out www.eyesopeniowa.org.
For more information on the challenge, how to enter, or additional activities in the tri-county area during Teen Empowerment Month; please contact Tiffany Larson with the Bee Inspired CAPP Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bee-inspired.org.
Each entry must submit the following forms: