Students Invited to Create Videos to Support StartTalking!

Drug Free Action Alliance and the Start Talking! drug prevention program, through support from Verizon, are inviting Ohio students in grades 6 thru 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 January 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,” said Sarah Smith, Director of Start Talking.

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 3rd, each entry will be reviewed and representatives from Drug Free Action Alliance and Start Talking will select the top 10 videos March 17th. The top three finishers will be selected on March 31st 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 saving 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 web site (www.StartTalking.Ohio.gov)