FRESNO – ValleyPBS has announced the completion of a youth media project in partnership with Kerman High School. The project was made possible by the generous support of a $10,000 grant from Aeropostale’s charitable foundation “Aero Gives.”
Students from Kerman High’s F.O.R.S.S. Club (“Friends of Rachel for a Safer School” – established for Rachel Scott, the first student casualty in the Columbine High School shooting and the Safe School Ambassadors program from Community Matters) created five public service announcement (PSA) videos, four in English and one in Spanish, with targeted messaging to screen in Fresno County high schools.
The PSAs provide youth with realistic, relatable examples of ways to refuse drugs and alcohol, while “saving face” with their peers. The videos were written and performed by Kerman High students, with help from their teacher and club advisor, Amanda Valle and edited and produced by ValleyPBS.
The PSAs will be mailed to all Fresno County high schools with the goal that other campuses will share them with their student body. Seeing positive, realistic examples of how youth can refuse drugs and alcohol and live a substance-free life will ultimately help other students to do the same.
A screening and release party will be held at 11:25 a.m. at Kerman High School on Friday, May 23. All area high school students are invited to create their own video messages and upload them to share at valleypbs.org/byYou, ValleyPBS’s user-produced video sharing website.