The winning entry of the 2019 PSA Contest was created by Naomi Green 8th grade, Brigantine Middle School.
Join Together Atlantic County, a countywide substance misuse prevention coalition, is holding an underage drinking middle school Public Service Announcement contest for 6th through 8th graders in Atlantic County.
Students are invited to create an 8.5 x 11 inch landscape direction, PSA, as a message to parents from youth about the dangers of underage drinking or providing alcohol to those under 21.
The top three winners will receive prizes and the 1st place winner’s drawing will be turned into a billboard. Entries are due no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020.
The younger a person starts drinking, the more likely he or she is to have alcohol problems later in life. Research shows that people who start drinking before the age of 15 are 4 times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol dependence at some point in their lives. The brain is still forming until the early twenties and teen drinking can cause permanent brain damage. If you really want to fit in, stay sober. Research shows that more than 70% of youth aged 12 to 20 have not had a drink in the past month. Providing alcohol to those under the age of 21 is illegal, a person can receive up to 6 months’ jail time and a $1,000 fine.
By participating in this contest, youth help to support Join Together Atlantic County in their mission: “to prevent, reduce and/or delay substance use among youth of Atlantic County in a long term and sustainable manner.” Join Together Atlantic County is located at 626 N. Shore Road in Absecon, NJ.
Please see the attached Rules and Regulations for the Middle School PSA Contest, which are also located at www.jtacnj.org.