Announcing the Teen Pregnancy Prevention PSA Contest!

On this blog, we’ve had a lot of fun poking fun at (and pulling our hair out about) some teen pregnancy prevention PSAs (public service announcements) out there.  Some just miss the heart of the issue, some are downright disturbing or insulting to young parents, and a few are totally ridiculous.  We think  you can come up with better!

In preparation for the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on May 4, 2011, we are holding our 1st Annual Teen Pregnancy Prevention PSA Contest!  Create your own ad on why and/or how we should work to prevent teen pregnancy. Drawing on personal experience is encouraged!

The winners will receive (drumroll, please…) 1st Place: $100 gift certifcate to Amazon.com! (2nd Place will get $50, 3rd Place will get $30).

Note: This contest is open to everyone, even those living outside of Massachusetts. We’re happy to accept submissions from whoever would like to create an ad!

Here are the rules:

  1. Your PSA should be accurate. If you cite statistics, you should be able to let us know where you got them from and be confident that they are correct.
  2. Your PSA should not diminish the capabilities, potential, or hard work of those that do become young parents.
  3. No scare tactics, please!  Young people deserve better.
  4. We believe young people have the right to information about their sexual health and how to prevent pregnancy.  PSAs that focus exclusively on abstinence are discouraged (though focusing on abstinence in part is totally fine!)
  5. We want PSAs generated by youth and young adults!  We’re defining that as under age 25.  If you work in a group, at least 1/2 the group should be under age 25.

So, get your creative ideas flowing! Print ads, images, and videos are all accepted.  You can send them to Gretchen by April 28.  Submissions will be posted here and readers will have the chance to vote on them the week of May 2, with winners announced the following week.

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