Speak Out to Save Lives!
Public Service Awareness
2019-2020 School Year
FBI Pittsburgh H.O.P.E. (Heroin Outreach Prevention and Education) Initiative
Heroin use and the misuse of prescription opioids are increasing in pandemic proportions everywhere, especially here in Western Pennsylvania. Overdose deaths in our area are among one of the highest in the country, and although overdose deaths have made a slight decline in our area, reported overdose rates have not!
This is a public health crisis that knows no demographic barriers, and we must do all that we can to EDUCATE each other about these dangers, and HELP all who are suffering (including friends and family members!)
ABOUT THE CONTEST:
In today’s society, social media is one of the quickest and most efficient ways to raise awareness, especially among teens; so who better to get a message across teens themselves? The FBI Pittsburgh Division’s Community Outreach Program and the FBI Pittsburgh HOPE Initiative has formulated a strategic working group comprised of representatives from federal, state and local law enforcement, education administrators and key community leaders to address solutions to this issue and are focused on reaching all students in Western Pennsylvania. We are striving to formulate proactive solutions through the working group, specifically in Education, Prevention and Awareness methods.
We seek to message the dangerous threat that opioid use poses to the teenage populace by inviting teens in grades 9-12 to form a team, create and submit a 1-3 minute video that focuses on the dangers and consequences of choosing to use opioids.
Please help us Speak Out to Save Lives!
THANK YOU TO THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FOUNDATION FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
“The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation is proud to support this important initiative in our schools!”
Please help us Speak Out to Save Lives!!
SIX CHANCES for your team to win in TWO CATEGORIES!
Veteran Winners (Teams who have placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in either category in prior years)
Rookie Winners (Teams who have never placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in either category)
1st: $5000; 10 Tickets to a VIP Party Suite for a Pittsburgh Penguins Game (Date TBD in February 2020); “FBI Agent for a Day” at the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office
2nd: $2500; 5 Tickets to a VIP Party Suite for a Pittsburgh Penguins Game (Date TBD in February 2020)
3rd: $1500; 5 Tickets to a VIP Party Suite for a Pittsburgh Penguins Game (Date TBD in February 2020)
**Prizes sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. All monetary prizes will be given as a grant from the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation directly to the winning school district to be earmarked towards enhancement of Teacher Sponsor departmental needs.
CONTEST THEME FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR:
Opioid abuse across the country has evolved from direct abuse to a use/abuse in a variety of indirect ways, cross-pollinated with many recreational drugs of today. For this reason, we have decided to tackle a few deeper questions: Why do young adults choose to self-medicate? How can young adults choose a safer coping method? One important message, that is much needed, is the fact that anyone can turn their bad decisions into good ones at any given moment. Here are some categories of general stressors that researchers have found may lead young adults to make bad choices. Teams may choose one of these categories, or choose one not listed below:
-Peer Pressure/Social Status
-Ease Pain (Physical)
-Ease Pain (Psychological, due to Severe Trauma/Mental Illness)
-Academic Stressors (Pressure to Perform)
-Permissive Environment, Family/Domestic Stressors
Contest Opens: September 16, 2019
Registration Deadline: October 4, 2019
Entry Submission: November 22, 2019
Entries Uploaded to YouTube: December 6, 2019
Deadline for Social Media Score Likes/Shares: December 20, 2019
Winning PSAs announced: January 24, 2020
HOW TO ENTER:
- REGISTER! Fill out the TEAM REGISTRATION FORM for School/Individual or Team and notify school designated Teacher Sponsor, and turn in by October 4, 2019.
- READ the OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS If you have any questions, please contact us at 412-432-4488.
- Watch the winning videos from last year to become familiar with the project. Research the topic. Think about the dangerous consequences of opioid use, how the effects can be immediate and fatal, even if the user only tries it one time. Think about how fast addiction can happen when using an opioid, and how rehabilitation is a lifelong struggle. Talk to others about what the best way is to tell people how serious a problem this is, and what type of message would be most effective to stop people from taking this risk, and work to fight the stigma and stereotypes that may stop others from being open to seek help.
- CREATE your PSA video! It should be at least one minute long, but no more than 3 minutes. You can be as creative as you’d like within the Official Rules and Regulations.
- UPLOAD! Teacher Sponsors will upload all videos to YouTube by December 6, 2019.
- LIKE AND SHARE! Ask your Friends and Family to Vote by sharing or liking the YouTube Video! All likes and shares MUST be DIRECTLY FROM THE YOUTUBE SITE POSTING, and will be counted in the final voting tally beginning at 12:00am on December 6, 2019, ending at 11:59pm on December 20, 2019.
Links to relevant forms: