City Teens' PSA Effort Takes On Tough Issues
A not-for-profit called The Community Healthcare Network has enlisted teenagers to teach their peers about domestic violence and other issues through some hard hitting public service announcements. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.
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A public service announcement called "Know The Signs" was written, produced and edited by teens, for teens.
Students from The Community Healthcare Network's "Teens P.A.C.T.", short for Positive Actions and Choices for Teens, spent many months trying to create a message that would capture the attention of their peers. Ashlee Joseph from the Bronx wrote the script about recognizing the signs of domestic violence.
"People who watch this we just want them to know assess your relationship, step back, take off the rose colored glasses...is this, is my boyfriend really abusive," Joseph says.
The PSAs are getting teens to pay attention to critical issues like domestic violence and abuse. Officials who supervise the students say it's an empowering experience for all involved.
"You learn how creative young people are, how resourceful young people are, how incredibly powerful their voices can be," says Teens P.A.C.T. Director Michele Perlman.
One PSA is called "Objectification" and warns teens against viewing girls as things.
Alexander George from Brooklyn was one of the actors.
"People shouldn’t just visualize girls as just like objects, or more like sex objects," George says.
"It was something that I didn’t know that was so important. It wasn't important until I finally joined up," says Teens P.A.C.T. Member Jaeson Hutchinson.
The public service announcements have been wildly popular with teens across the country and gets thousands of hits.
To learn more, visit chnnyc.org/services/teens.