Congratulations to the 2017 The Greatest Save Teen PSA Program National Winner
James Clemens High School from Madsion, Alabama with their entry entitled “How Well Do You Know Your Friends”.
The announcement was made at Major League Baseball’s All-Star FanFest by (r-l) KinderVision National Spokesperson and Baseball Hall of Fame Member Rollie Fingers. KinderVision Founder Doug Sebastian, Miami Marlins Director of Community Relations Angela Smith and Jon Warden, KinderVision Director of Celebrity Relations also participated in the announcement.
Chosen from hundreds of entries from high schools in twenty-one States across the county as one of twenty-five area winners, chosen as one of ten national semi-finalists and one of five national finalists, this PSA carried the largest percentage of the national vote an also won the vote of more than 150 teens from fifteen States at Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest in Miami. It topped finalist entries from Florida (2), Michigan and Texas.
Congratulations also go to:
1st Runner up: “Too Easy” from Centennial High School in Port St. Lucie, Florida
2nd Runner up: “Taken” from Spoto High School in Tampa, Florida
Congratulations to these high schools and high schools in throughout the country that participated in 2017 The Greatest Save Teen PSA Program.
Campbell High students increase awareness of sex trafficking through winning video
Marietta Daily Journal · Mary Kate McGowan · Nov 27, 2016
Campbell High School students R’Darius Long, Bryan Liborio, Tamaar Lee, teacher Lisa Watson, Jasmine Washington, Haradit Garcia, River Lewis and Jordan McKinley celebrate winning the Atlanta Braves region of a teen victimization public service announcement contest.
SMYRNA — Campbell High School students learned about the prevalence of human trafficking in the metro Atlanta area both behind and in front of the camera last semester.
Former Campbell teacher Lisa Watson — now the Cobb School District’s assistant communications director — and eight of her video production students created a 30-second public service announcement highlighting the dangers of human trafficking to submit to the Indiana-based KinderVision Foundation’s Greatest Save Teen Public Service Announcement Contest.
Schools located near Major League Baseball teams can compete in the contest with the goal of increasing awareness of forms of teen victimization such as dating violence and sexual assault. The Greatest Save program is a recognized charity of Major League Baseball.
According to the Greatest Save, one in four girls will be a victim of sexual abuse while one in seven youth will be sexually solicited online. The nonprofit also says 14 to 17 year olds are the most at risk age group to be preyed upon by sexual predators.
The Campbell video production class’s video was named the best in the Atlanta Braves area, and the team placed 8th out of the 30 professional baseball franchise areas for its video, “The Transaction,” that portrayed how runaways become easy targets to become victims of human trafficking.
Watson said the students were initially hesitant to tackle the subject of sex trafficking, but they became more passionate about the issue when they discovered Atlanta is one of the largest sex trafficking hubs in the country.
“They got completely immersed in the project especially after they did some research and became aware of the problem (sex trafficking) in Atlanta,” she said.
Campbell senior Jordan McKinley, an intern with the Cobb School District’s communication office, said he was surprised how big of a problem human trafficking is in the metro Atlanta area, especially in connection with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and MARTA.
“Usually I thought this was underground stuff,” he said. “Once we realized how close to home it was, it really hit home.”
The high school students treated the highly-sensitive topic in a delicate and effective way, Watson said, which helps communicate the dangers of sex trafficking to other high school and middle school students.
As winners of the Atlanta Braves’ region, Campbell’s video production class’s video is now distributed across the country as a teaching tool to help increase awareness of the dangers of sex trafficking.
“They’re part of the best of the best DVD,” Watson said.
With an emphasis on preparing the students for a career after high school graduation, Watson said the students not only learned how to handle a contentious issue in a professional manner, but they also learned teamwork and soft skills lessons.
Campbell’s winning video can be viewed on the Greatest Save’s YouTube channel.
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Tom Antl is video teacher at San Diego school for creative and performing arts.
” Thank you so much for such a great experience! The students were thrilled and on top of that the Padres asked my student Broadcast team if we wanted to produce a live Padres game in August!
Such an incredible opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without the Teen PSA Program.
-Tom Antl – video teacher