Maine Youth Reaches Thousands with a Powerful Story

Update April 2011:
Summer Film Institute 2010

Trevor Meader has reached the top ten for a $10,000 Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award chosen from thousands of applicants nation-wide. He could be one of 3 winners picked nationwide! His PSA and work to raise awareness really got their attention. No surprise!

Original post:

Project AWARE holds a Summer Film Institute for students 13 – 18 that supports young people in creating high quality video about issues they are concerned about. 

At the 2010 Institute, Trevor Meador a 8th grade student at Messalonskee Middle School worked with 3 other youth along with actors and crew to create a 1 minute PSA about bullying and harassment. Trevor was concerned about this issue as he had been subjected to bullying at school. 

The PSA was completed and viewed by a group of family and friends at the end of the Institute. It was then uploaded to YouTube where is has received many views. In December of 2010, with Middle School and Project AWARE support, he spoke to 600 of his Middle School peers during a PA program telling his personal story and showing the PSA. Following this event Trevor also visited the school board and a local church. In each case Trevor spoke opening and powerfully about his experience of bullying and showed the PSA

Scene from Bullying PSA

Trevor has received a tremendous amount of support, encouragement and praise for taking the risk to create a powerful video and to be honest and open about his experience with large numbers of youth and adults. He has shown youth in his school the impacts of peer-to-peer aggression and has stepped up to make a change. Trevor now serves as a role model to many. 

At his insistence, and with the support of Project AWARE, the school has initiated an after school leadership group dedicated to address issues of concern to students. The youth involved have met and decided on the following plan of action:  

  1. Create a short high quality video about bullying and / or another student issue that involves students as creators, writers, directors, cast, and crew.
  2. Create role plays and dramatic theater vignettes that address issues
  3. Host the Project AWARE Players – a high school drama troupe of young people dedicated to making healthy choices – for a school assembly in the auditorium. They will present content created by youth for youth.
  4. Marketing and promotions
  5. Screening of issue specific movies
  6. Plan for a Challenge Day 

Congratulations Trevor and the Messalonskee Middle School! For more info and/ or to help out Trevor and the school write: 

Summer Film Institute Crew at Work


4 Responses to “Maine Youth Reaches Thousands with a Powerful Story”

  1. John Tydway says:

    In today�s society we need to put the most focus on the development and empowerment of our youth. Considering the fact that they are our future leaders, politicians and teachers it is important they are given the skills necessary for them to live a fulfilled life.

  2. Katey Branch says:

    Trevor you are an inspiring young man. WAY TO GO!!!!!