Speak Out For Safe Schools! The Talk to Your State Senator Statewide Video Contest

 

School Violence - In the age of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, the topic has gained more and more attention. Although members of the national media tend to focus on gun violence, the percent of school children who are affected by school shootings remains very small; not a great comfort to those who experience such a tragic event. Instead, it is far more likely for students to be affected in their day-to-day lives by other threats or acts of hostility that make them feel unsafe.

According to the CDC's 2016 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), nearly 8% of students had been in a physical fight on school property one or more times during the 12 months before the survey. Nationwide, about 6% of students had not gone to school at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey because they felt they would be unsafe at school or on their way to or from school. Missed classes, depression, anxiety, and non-fatal injuries are all side effects of school violence and have a negative impact on learning. Victims often suffer invisible wounds.

Several laws related to improving school safety have recently been enacted and several more are being proposed but we want to hear your voice! Legislators often turn to experts to advise them and provide background on various policy issues when they are creating new laws. As a student in Pennsylvania's schools, you are in a unique situation. On a day to day basis, you face the pressures of being a teen in the 21st Century. You are an expert. Therefore, we want you to share your thoughts and advise your legislator-talk to us! Share your ideas with us to help keep you safe!

Speak Out For Safe Schools!

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is providing $10,000 in prize money. Money will be awarded through the TAP 529 Account program in the PA Department of Treasury and will be deposited into an account in the winner(s) name. 

The contest is open to Pennsylvania students in grades 6-12 and will be judged in two categories: 
Middle school, grades 6 – 8 
1st place - $2500
2nd Place $1500
3rd place $1000 

High School, grades 9 – 12 
1st place - $2500
2nd Place $1500
3rd place $1000

Deadline for entries is December 7, 2018.

See the Contest Registration link for additional details.

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