The SafeLaunch 4th Annual Media $500 Contest challenges teens to make 30-second videos that motivate parents and peers to enjoy life without using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs that cause addiction.
Contestants have a chance to win $500, $200, or $100 in prize money. However contest stakes are even higher because teen risk to the disease is high...up to 600 percent higher than for adults. SafeLaunch co-founder Janet Rowse says, "Every person needs to understand the brain science behind addiction.
The old prevention message, "Just Say No" isn't enough given that research has shown that until our mid-twenties when the brain is fully developed, teens are highly susceptible to drug dependency, and that risk drops dramatically as they age."
This year's theme is "Life is Beautiful! Drugs and Alcohol Can Wait" and the contest is open to teens in grades seven through 12 in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
Contestants must submit the videos online March 1 through 15. Go to www.safelaunch.org/contest for instructions to learn more or call 805-283-7233.