Dozens of local teens have already seen their hard work come to life on the big screen. Now, they could see it pay off in the form of a scholarship.
Public voting in the Youth Media Initiative, a program that brought together 50 students and 10 non-profit organizations in Berks County, is now underway through July 21 on the website of the Haydenfilms Institute, which sponsored the initiative.
The students' task was to produce 20 public service announcements that featured the non-profits.
"Who could send a more powerful message on the troublesome social issues that our youth face today than their peers?" said Pa. Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks Co. "These 50 talented youth have an important story to tell and participating in the Youth Media Initiative has given them the skills and expertise to communicate their thoughts."
The student-produced PSAs are powerful, said Hayden Craddolph, founder and executive director of Haydenfilms Institute, adding that it's now up to the public to determine the top three winning films.
"The next phase of interacting with the initiative is on you, the viewer, to vote and share your favorite PSAs," said Craddolph. "By appraising the impact of the Youth Media Initiative on a violence-ravaged city, you help to advance the program to cities like yours, allowing the Youth Media Initiative to help youths across both the region and the globe."
Creators of the top three winning PSAs will share a $10,000 scholarship, which will be awarded in the fall.