SafeTeens.org Announces “My Way To Be Teen!” Video Challenge

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Maternal & Family Health Services, Inc. (MFHS) announces the launch of the “My Way To Be Teen!” monthly video challenge for teens at SafeTeens.org. The “My Way To Be Teen!” video contest will feature a different topic each month, with winners chosen monthly.

My Way To Be Teen Video Contest

Numerous studies have demonstrated that their peers influence youth's health behaviors—not only in regard to sexuality but also in regard to violence and substance use.

Maternal & Family Health Services, Inc. (MFHS) announces the launch of the “My Way To Be Teen!” monthly video challenge for teens at SafeTeens.org. The “My Way To Be Teen!” video contest will feature a different topic each month, with winners chosen monthly. Each monthly winner will be entered in a grand prize drawing for an Apple MacAir laptop.

The SafeTeens.org “My Way To Be Teen!” challenges teens to make their voices heard and make a difference in their community. Teens are asked to make short videos with messages that they feel their peers need to hear, encouraging them to make positive choices in their lives. Topics include dating violence, pregnancy prevention, nutrition and more.

Research suggests that people are more likely to hear and personalize messages, and thus to change their attitudes and behaviors, if they believe the messenger is similar to them and faces the same concerns and pressures. Numerous studies have demonstrated that their peers influence youth's health behaviors—not only in regard to sexuality but also in regard to violence and substance use. Peer education can support young people in developing positive group norms and in making healthy decisions.

Safeteens.org, provided by Maternal and Family Health Services and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, is a digital resource for teens everywhere for reliable health information, including understanding and preventing teen pregnancy, building healthy relationships and protecting teen health. It also addresses current issues facing teens, such as online safety and resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning teens. The website is also a direct link for teens in Pennsylvania who need confidential access to a family planning health center.

Teens and young adults ages 14 – 21 are invited to submit their entries to the “My Way To Be Teen!” video challenge starting April 1st. Full contest details and sample videos will be available at SafeTeens.org.

Safeteens.org is provided by Maternal and Family Health Services Inc., a nonprofit health and human service agency working to improve the health of Pennsylvania women and children by offering programs that prevent disease and promote wellness. The agency oversees a network of health and nutrition services in 16 Pennsylvania counties, serving more than 125,000 individuals annually through the following core programs: Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program; Family Planning Program; Healthy Beginnings Plus Prenatal Program; the Nurse-Family Partnership Program and the Healthy Woman Cancer Screening Program. For more information, visit the MFHS websites at: http://www.mfhs.org or http://www.safeteens.org, or call 1-800-367-6347.

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