Youths Create Videos to Address Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Other Issues
Youths from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee want to reach their friends and the community to address serious social issues such as teen pregnancy, dating violence and disease myths. To do so, the teens are taking steps to “Spread the Word” to others through public service announcement (PSA) videos they created under the direction of the Clubs’ Health & Life Skills department. On Wednesday, May 2, the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the videos will be featured at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ PSA Premiere Festival at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center , located at 325 W. Walnut St . The event begins at 9:30 a.m.
“Spread the Word” is a friendly competition among several Boys & Girls Clubs locations as part of the Clubs’ “Making Proud Choices!” program. For the PSAs, Club youths selected and researched topics ranging from teen pregnancy to sexually transmitted infections. They also reviewed PSAs from other organizations. With their information and creative ideas, Club members produced videos with the help of a local, independent filmmaker. Their goal was to get their messages across quickly, effectively and attractively to their peers. For many, the experience provided a sense of responsibility, career exploration and fun learning opportunities. Most importantly, participants believed they had influence on issues that impact them.
The PSAs can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/bgcgm or www.facebook.com/CAPS.MKE . Web visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorites by selecting “Like.” The videos with the most votes will be announced on May 2 during the PSA Premiere Festival.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012. Known as the oldest and largest youth-serving agency in Milwaukee , the Clubs offers high quality after-school and summer programming for children ages 5-18, focusing on those who have major life obstacles, most often poverty. The Clubs operates 40 sites, which include six primary locations, 32 school sites, Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland and an extension site at St. Charles Youth and Family Services in Milwaukee . Membership to the Clubs is only $5 per year, per child, but no one is ever turned away based on inability to pay. For all the latest Club news, visit www.boysgirlsclubs.org, www.facebook.com/bgcmilwaukee or Twitter @bgcmilwaukee.