Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Retreat leads to creation of public service announcements

Wood County Teen Institute members at the Sept. 24 retreat at Splash Bay in Maumee, OH
Teens often express their concern and worry regarding peers and drug abuse. Recent statistics tell us that one in five teens abuse prescription drugs.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, Wood County teens took action to make a difference. Sixty-three Wood County students attended the Teen Institute annual leadership retreat and learned about public service announcements (PSA) and then produced their own to enter into an Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) PSA contest.

Schools that were represented at the retreat included Bowling Green, Eastwood, Elmwood, Lake, North Baltimore, Otsego, Penta, Perrysburg and Rossford. Students also were introduced to prevention strategies that will be useful for the 2011-2012 school year. 

The students left the retreat energized, creative, and compelled to be role models and agents of change.Seven PSAs were created during the retreat. The winning video from those seven can be seen online at

Once all of the video have been submitted statewide, we all will have an opportunity to vote for our favorite video. We will post details on how to vote on our Twitter account at!/WCESCPrevention

The winner will be announced and recognized at the 2011 Ohio Prevention and Education Conference (OPEC), which will be held Nov. 15-17 in Dublin, OH. If chosen, our group will work with the ODADAS Office of Communications to potentially have the winning PSA aired in their local market. It also will be featured on the ODADAS Web site, Facebook and YouTube pages.

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