Students from seven Mobile County high schools will put their video skills to the test in The Greatest Save Teen PSA program.
The competition challenges students to create 30-second PSA videos on teen safety and crime topics and to share them with their peers. Students will then vote online for their favorites, and winners will be selected for each region of the state – south, central and north – along with one overall state winner.
“This is a peer-to-peer crime prevention program for high school students. Students are given the messages to raise awareness, to prevent victimization and to reduce the occurrence of first-time offenders,” said Nancy Sebastian, who helped create the program for The KinderVision Foundation. “These children, at any age, whether they feel like they’re at-risk or not at-risk, need to feel like their lives matter, that they are making a contribution for good, and that people are listening.
“It only takes 30 seconds to get this message out; that’s why they’re so powerful.”
The contest is being sponsored on the local level by state Rep. Vivian Davis Figures. “I believe in our children getting involved, knowing about these issues,” she said, “and what better way than to give them the opportunity to pull that message together, to put it on a video so they can educate their peers?”
A student from LeFlore won the regional competition last year. Blount will participate for the first time and sophomore Daisy Ferrell said the competition has already helped open her eyes to some of the dangers teens face.
“Over the weekend I was with a group of friends …. and we went to the Exploreum. As we were walking back, a lot of them were telling me about these experiences that they’ve had and they don’t want to walk alone, by themselves,” Ferrell said. “I’ve never really thought about it that some girls are really, really scared to walk alone, and I think that’s a problem.
“Being here, I think I’m taking the first step in correcting it.”
For more information about the contest, visit teenpsa.org.