Youth asked to create ads to prevent teen pregnancy

January 19, 2007|by TARA REILLY

WASHINGTON COUNTY - A local coalition wants Washington County youth to get creative about preventing teen pregnancy.

The Washington County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition is asking county residents 13 to 21 years old to create a print ad, 30-second video ad or a 10-minute short film around the theme of "Sex Has Consequences." The ads will target 13- to 19-year-olds, parents and guardians.

The coalition hopes to spread the message that becoming a parent as a teenager is a tough job.

"I think it's going to be a great way for local youth to have an impact on what the message is," coalition Consultant Carrol Lourie said.

The coalition claims that one in three girls becomes pregnant at least once by age 20, fewer than one-third of teen mothers finish high school, nearly 80 percent of fathers do not marry the teen mother, and that teen pregnancy is linked to poverty and school failure.


Lourie said the coalition got the idea for the contest after speaking with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in Washington, D.C. The national campaign told the coalition it ran an ad and film contest with successful results, Lourie said.

"So, we're excited about it," Lourie said.

Participants may submit ads in any or all of the categories and may enter as an individual or group, Lourie said.

First-place winners will receive $1,000. The second-place prize is $500 and the third-place prize is $250.

The coalition plans to hold a ceremony at The Maryland Theatre on May 2 to showcase the winning entries. The deadline for entries is March 23.

Some ads will be used to promote teen pregnancy awareness in the media, Lourie said.

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