Marijuana Prevention PSA Contest Open to all Washington County Youth
February 22, 2016

Healthy Acadia and the Partnership4Success Coalition are sponsoring a Marijuana Prevention Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest to provide students across Washington County with an opportunity to influence their peers in a positive way. Youth, age 18 or younger, who reside or attend school in Washington County, are invited to create an original radio or video PSA about the negative effects of marijuana on youth, their schools, and their communities. The groups aim to engage youth in developing messages for their peers, increase youth perception of harm from marijuana use, and to decrease marijuana use by youth.

Youth may work independently or in small groups to complete the project; collaboration with peers, older or younger youth, teachers, police officers, parents, and other community members is encouraged. Video PSAs should be no more than 2 minutes in length and be submitted in .MP4, .MPEG, or .MPG formats. Radio PSAs should be no more than 1 minute in length and be submitted in .MP3 format. All PSA entries must be submitted by May 4, 2016.

Two grand prize winners will be selected from each category (video and radio PSA) and each winner will receive at least a $100 grand prize. Winners of the radio PSA contest will be asked to travel to Calais or Machias to record their PSA professionally at a WQDY FM radio broadcasting location. The winning entries will be aired on local radio and TV stations as well as on Healthy Acadia’s website and social media channels.

Healthy Acadia staff and members of the Partnership4Success Coalition offer the following reflective questions for youth interested in participating as they begin thinking about their PSA message:

• What are your goals for the future? How might marijuana use affect your goals?
• What do you do now that is important to you, and how could using marijuana affect these things?
• Who is actually using marijuana, and why?
• How does marijuana use affect youth brain development?
• How would marijuana use affect your ability to be a role model for others?
• What are the best ways to not use marijuana?
• How does marijuana use by youth affect your school and/or community?

For more information about the Marijuana Prevention PSA Youth Contest, or to submit an entry, please visit www.healthyacadia.org and click on the “What’s New!” button. You may also contact Jenny Robish at jenny@healthyacadia.org or 207-255-3741.

The Partnership4Success Coalition, a program of Healthy Acadia, is a team of community leaders and supporters working to identify and address prevalent concerns around alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, prescription drugs, other drugs, and gambling in Washington County. If you are interested in participating in the Coalition or would like additional information, please contact Terri Woodruff at terri@healthyacadia.org or 207-255-3741.