Domestic Violence Center hosts first teen PSA video contest


In honor of the Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month—observed in February—the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley is hosting a teen Public Service Announcement (PSA) video scholarship contest themed around “Teen Dating Violence.”

To participate in the contest, applicants are required to create a 60-second film to engage viewers and educate, or bring awareness to, different types of violence in teen relationships.

“What we really want to get out of this PSA contest is to make all of the students more aware, as well as the educators at the William S. Hart District and community parents,” said Alexandra Garcia, youth prevention specialist at the Domestic Violence Center.  “This (domestic violence) doesn’t only affect adult relationships; there are also teenagers that have this issue as well.”

Garcia said the Domestic Violence Center goes to high schools in the valley to conduct an 11-week curriculum on dating violence awareness.

“We often stay later and have students asking questions,” Garcia said.  “There is this misconception that it’s just adults or just physical, so we do get response from kids.”

The topics of the PSA videos may include gender roles, media literacy, healthy friendships and relationships, boundaries and consent, anger and how to help a friend.  Contest winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship cash prize.

“For the videos we’re asking that whoever enters the contest creates a YouTube URL,” Garcia said.  “We are having a screening (at Savia Center) Feb. 10 and awarding the winners in March.”

Garcia said the winning PSAs will most likely appear on the Domestic Violence Center’s website and YouTube channel as well.

“We’re really excited for the event and hope the teenagers and educators can attend,” she said.

Contest rules include:

  1. No profanity permitted. Judges reserve the exclusive discretion to reject or disqualify submissions with malicious or inappropriate language.
  2. Only one submission per individual or group will be accepted.
  3. Must be a high school student.
  4. Videos must be in Youtube URL form.
  5. Videos must be submitted by Jan. 27, 2017.
  6. Video must be a minimum of 60 seconds long.
  7. Groups can be a maximum of five people.

For more information on the PSA video contest, contact Garcia at 661-259-8175.

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