Archive for June, 2011

The State of Maine and Project AWARE Promote Teen Health

June 2nd, 2011

When teens inform others about the problems they are facing and they do so in a unique, creative and powerful way, people listen.

The Maine Department of Education Coordinated School Health Programs (CSHP) and Project AWARE will engage Maine youth to create and produce a 40 minute education video / DVD and 4 public service announcements about health topics. The package will be delivered to school districts throughout Maine.

Do you or someone you know believe that health is difficult to maintain, outside the realm of personal control, and/or someone else’s responsibility? The DVD package will be an education tool for young people, school staff, and community members to use for teaching and learning personal responsibility for healthy choices and habits. And young people will be the voices that tell us that healthy habits promote academic and personal success.

This DVD project will engage an estimated 125 young people throughout the State of Maine as members of the video cast and crew.  These young people will have the opportunity to gain marketable skills as they learn the world of film production and become involved in all stages of creating a high quality video product.  Youth participants will be supported and advised by Project AWARE staff / contractors, youth leaders and film/editing professionals as they learn the necessary production skills. Special focus will be paid to team building and the collaborative nature of film-making.

Learning / Teaching

Once produced, the DVD will be used in CSHP Professional Development events with administratiors, School Health Coordinators, and Health Education Teachers. One copy of the package will be provided free of charge to all school districts in Maine. It will enable teachers and others to utilize youth perspectives that are aligned with the Maine State Learning Results to initiate classroom conversations regarding tobacco-use prevention, quality nutrition, benefits of increased physical activity, and bullying prevention.

If all goes well, this exciting project will be completed this summer / fall and available for communities in the October of 2011! For more information contact Carl Lakari at 207-282-5598 or write to

So Let's Go Get Healthy!