Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth Announces 2021 Public Service Announcement Winners
WAKEFIELD – The Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth (MPY) is proud to announce the winners and honorable mentions of this year’s Public Service Announcement (PSA) project.
This year, participating students were challenged to create a video PSA on the theme “We stand together”. The theme is inspired by Black Lives Matter at School, a national committee of educators organized to fight racism and racial justice in education. Suggested topics for students – diversity, empathy, loving engagement, and restorative justice – come from the Black Lives Matter Guiding Principles.
About 60 students submitted PSAs this year.
“The PSAs created by the students were extremely thoughtful, timely and moving. We are happy to have been able to provide this opportunity to support their creativity and provide an outlet for their voices, ”said MPY Executive Director Margie Daniels. “Thank you to all the students and counselors who participated. It is always a pleasure for us at MPY to be able to recognize the hard work of socially aware young people and the educators who work alongside them.
“This PSA project is a fantastic way for students from all walks of life, like me and my peers, to advocate for issues that matter to us and to raise awareness of racial inequality. Thanks to MPY for giving us this opportunity, ”said Shivi Srikanth, Junior and Founder / President of the New North Reading High School Social Activism Club. “On behalf of all the students who participated in this project, we thank MPY for this opportunity and honor, and we hope to continue to raise awareness of the importance of racial justice for our black peers.
This year’s winners are:
Middle school: “Spilling Wild Tea, Talks on Social Justice” student group from Winter Hill Community Innovation School in Somerville for their “Next Chapter” PSA. Group members include: Jamila Baptista, eighth grade; Roodiana Dorsainvil, eighth grade; Sabrina Dumerant, seventh year; Nora Freeman, fifth year; Nancy Nimako, seventh year; Ariana Diaz, seventh year; and Councilors Tara Stead and Jennifer Miller.
High school: PSA “The Lives of Black Students” from the North Reading High School Social Activism Club. Grade 11 students in the group include Gianna Naulivou, Jackie Magner, Jared MacDonald, Samantha Magner, Taleen Toby, Katie Musgrave, Angelina Palazzolo, Turfa Sarfaraz, Lily Joyce, Emma Galbraith, Shivi Srikanth and Councilor Edward Blum.
“The students deserve all the credit and we are incredibly proud of their hard work and thoughtful message delivered in the PSA,” said Blum. “From start to finish, this PSA project was student-led. The students discovered the PSA project, they organized the meetings, they created the script, they recorded the videos and they created the final project. The students truly demonstrated important 21st century skills focused on being active citizens in a global society demonstrating leadership, initiative, passion, thoughtfulness, empathy and selflessness. We are happy and proud to continue to support these students and to ensure that they continue to have a platform to raise awareness of key issues and effect positive change in our society.
Honorable mentions were awarded to:
- Daley Middle School in Lowell for its student PSA “We Stand Together – Equality”. Students in the group include Daisalyn Iem, seventh grade; Diandra Heung, seventh year and advisor Barbara Campbell.
- Daley Middle School in Lowell for its PSA student “PSA Project Poem” by Grade 8 Alanna Bastien and counselor Barbara Campbell.
- PSA “We Stand Together” from the Southeast Regional Technical High School. Students in the group include: Destiny Ayala-Gonzalez from Brockton, Trinity Buckley from West Bridgewater, Hazel Costello from Brockton, William Folan from West Bridgewater, Antonio Gomes-Noyes from Brockton, Alyssa Monteiro from Brockton, Delilah Parma from Easton, Kya Wallin of Brockton, Precious Bembery of Brockton, Tyler Chamberlain of Stoughton, Aviyah Clark of Brockton, Delor Ehade of Brockton, Jacob Howland of Brockton, Olivia Silva of Norton, Jacob Nalbandian of Mansfield, Fanny Mizhirumbay of Brockton and Councilor Janelle Canastra.
- The Nashoba Valley Technical High School TV & Media Production / Theater Arts Program PSA “We Believe” program. Students in the group include Brian McCall, a Pepperell elder; Rebecca Loureiro, an elder from Chelmsford; Ryan Jaeger, a senior at Dunstable and Councilor Eric Stevenson.
Applications were evaluated by teams including school administrators, police chiefs, art teachers, community prevention professionals, school resource officers (SROs) and college students.
For more information on the PSA competition, visit the MPY website here.
About Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc.
Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides education, fosters collaboration, and develops programs to improve student health and safety. MPY is committed to providing cutting-edge information and high-quality training to constituents and strives to provide multidisciplinary, community-based and solution-oriented approaches to reduce and, ideally, eliminate risky behavior among youth.
The non-profit organization is led by a board of directors made up of school superintendents, police and fire chiefs and other community leaders who work closely with MPY staff to lead to well this mission.
To learn more, visit www.mpyinc.org.