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CHOOSE RESPECT CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS HEALTHY TEEN DATING
Toby Knapp from Hot 99.5 to present winning PSA awards
March 7, 2016: The 2016 Choose Respect forum is scheduled for March 20, 2016 from 1 PM – 4:30 PM at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. This year the free event is being co-sponsored by the Montgomery County Public Schools. Parents, teens, youth service providers, educators and others will discuss the problems around teen dating violence and ways to establish healthy relationships. To register, follow this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/choose-respect-montgomery-tickets-19865278583
Toby Knapp,radio personality from Hot 99.5, is returning this year to announce the winners of the Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest. First prize is $1,000. The contest is sponsored by Verizon.
Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse. Morning Host Tommy McFLY of 94.7 Fresh FM and correspondent for WUSA9-TV will emcee the opening session of the 2016 Choose Respect conference in Montgomery County.
There will be a pre-conference Red Carpet, where attendees will be given the opportunity to take selfies, use the hashtag #respectyourselfie2016, and tweet information about the event and what they are learning. A live feed of this portion is planned so attendees can see their photos and receive answers to questions in real time.
Sponsors include Verizon, Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Montgomery County Public Schools, Zoomph, Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation and AWARE. Prize money will be awarded to the PSA winners by Verizon. This is the fourth consecutive year that the company has sponsored the event.
Students in sixth grade through high school are urged to attend. They will be in tracks according to age. One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
For more information about the conference, contact Tom Manion at
Thomas.Manion@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 240-777-7075
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Public Service Announcement (PSA) Video Contest
Sponsored by in collaboration with the MCFJC Foundation
The Choose Respect PSA Video Contest challenges students to create an original Public Service Announcement (PSA) video to promote awareness of dating abuse and domestic violence among teens. Participants are encouraged to BE CREATIVE!
First Place: $1,000
Second Place: $750
Third Place: $500
Eligibility: This contest is open to all 6th - 12th grade students in Montgomery County. Students can enter the contest on their own or as a group; however, students may only participate in ONE entry.
THE 2016 PSA CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED - THANKS TO ALL WHO SUBMITTED A VIDEO!
WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE CHOOSE RESPECT CONFERENCE ON MARCH 20, 2016
YOU MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE TO WIN! REGISTER NOW HERE
Congratulations to our 2015 Choose Respect PSA Video Contest Winners!
1st Place: 'Bruises' (James Hubert Blake High School)
2nd Place: 'Out of the Dark' (James Hubert Blake High School)
3rd Place: 'Locked' (James Hubert Blake High School)
Honorable Mention: 'It Has To End' (James Hubert Blake High School)
Honorable Mention: 'There's No Excuse' (Sherwood High School)
And let's not forget our previous winners...
1st Place: 'Control' (Watkins Mill High School)
2nd Place: 'Draw My Life: A Story of Abuse' (Sherwood High School)
3rd Place: 'Hall Pass' (Bethesda Chevy Chase High School)
Honorable Mention: 'Tell Someone' (Northwest High School)
Honorable Mention: 'Too Common' (Sherwood High School)
1st Place "Wake Up" from Richard Montgomery High School
2nd Place "This is Not Love" from Sherwood High School
3rd Place "Speak Up" from Sherwood High School
Honorable Mention "Teen Dating Violence" from Sherwood High School
Honorable Mention "Teenage Domestic Violence" from Sherwood High School
1st Place from Roberto Clemente Middle School
2nd Place from Sherwood High School
3rd Place from Roberto Clemente Middle School
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