Invited to Create Videos to Support Start Talking! Drug Prevention
The Drug Free Action Alliance and the Start Talking! drug prevention
program, through support from Verizon, are inviting Ohio students in
grades 6 through 12, to test their creativity and produce 60-second
videos offering tips on how adults and other youth can have frequent
and honest conversations about substance abuse.
To keep Ohio youth engaged in conversations about the dangers of drug
and alcohol abuse, from Jan. 9 until March 3, students may take part in
the “Start Recording & Start Talking” video contest where they can
produce and submit informational videos that share tips and best
practices on how youth can stay drug free. The producers of the top
videos have a chance to win up to $2,500 in college saving awards.
“As the primary goal of Start Talking! is to help parents, caregivers,
teachers and students to start conversations with Ohio youth about the
dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, this video contest offers students
the opportunity to share what they think are the best ways to get those
conversations going,” Sarah Smith, Director of Start Talking!, said.
Research shows when parents and children have conversations about
substance abuse, the children are 50 percent less likely to start using
drugs and alcohol. However, as scare tactics don’t work, students are
asked to create videos that are creative, positive and offer specific
tips to help adults and youth to start those conversations or
demonstrate how an effective conversation could occur.
Once the contest closes on March 3, each entry will be reviewed and
representatives from the Drug Free Action Alliance and Start Talking!
will select the top 10 videos March 17. The top three finishers will be
selected on March 31 and their prizes will be awarded in mid-April. The
first place video producers will receive a $2,500 College Advantage
college saving award. The second place video will awarded a $1,500
college savings award. Third place will receive $1,000.
Contest details, rules and information about how students may submit
their videos are all available on the Start Talking! website or the
Drug Free Action Alliance website.
Learn how to get the conversation started at StartTalking.Ohio.Gov.