Empowering Youth: Downingtown’s Annual Video Contest Promotes Healthy Choices

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DOWNINGTOWN, PA — To celebrate and promote healthy living among young people, Communities that Care of Greater Downingtown (CTC) has announced its 4th annual youth video contest focusing on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention. This engaging initiative invites all students in grades 7 through 12 within the Downingtown Area School District to create and submit videos under the theme “Prevention Starts with Me”.

CTC of Greater Downingtown is driven by a positive message: the majority of young individuals choose not to engage in substance use. This fact is backed by data from the Downingtown Area School District Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS 2021), which reveals that 85.6% of DASD youth reported abstaining from alcohol in the past 30 days, and 92.3% have not used marijuana in the same timeframe. Through this video contest, CTC aims to highlight and expand upon this encouraging trend by empowering students to share their stories and influence their peers.

The contest seeks creative submissions that showcase how personal decisions and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle can inspire others to stay clear of drugs and alcohol. It’s an opportunity for the youth of Downingtown to voice their perspectives, demonstrate leadership, and contribute to a culture of wellness in their community.

Prizes for the contest are both motivational and substantial, with awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ranging from $250 to $150. This not only incentivizes participation but also acknowledges the effort, creativity, and impactful messages of the young participants. The deadline for contest submissions is fast approaching, set for Friday, April 19, 2024, urging students to act swiftly to share their vision and experiences.

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For those eager to participate, detailed contest rules and the necessary permission form are readily available on the CTC’s website. This resource provides all the information needed to ensure submissions meet the contest criteria and are considered for these valuable prizes.

This annual video contest represents a cornerstone of CTC of Greater Downingtown’s ongoing efforts to foster a supportive environment where young people feel empowered to make positive choices. By leveraging the power of peer influence through creative expression, the contest aligns with broader prevention strategies aimed at reducing substance use among youth.

As the submission deadline approaches, CTC encourages all eligible students to seize this unique opportunity to make their voices heard. Whether through storytelling, animation, or any creative medium, participants have the chance to stand as champions of a drug-free lifestyle and role models for their peers.

In celebrating the healthy choices made by the vast majority of its youth, Downingtown sets an example of how communities can effectively engage young people in prevention efforts. The anticipation grows as the community awaits the innovative and inspiring submissions that will undoubtedly emerge from this year’s contest.

Don’t let this opportunity pass by. If you’re a student in the Downingtown Area School District with a passion for creativity and a message to share, step forward and contribute to a healthier future for all. Your voice has the power to inspire change and encourage a lifetime of healthy decisions. Join the movement today and show that prevention truly starts with you.

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