A screen capture from one of the winning public service announcements, “Self Respect,” from Newton North High School. (Courtesy Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth)

WAKEFIELD — Executive Director Margie Daniels and the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth (MPY) are pleased to announce the co-winners of the 2024 Public Service Announcement (PSA) Project. 

MPY has hosted its annual Poster and Public Service project since 2009 to engage students on important topics and provide a platform for their voices. The project is open to all high school, middle school and elementary students from MPY member districts.

This year’s PSA Project had the theme “RESPECT. Give it. Get it.” The Poster and PSA projects drew 211 entries this year. 

A panel of judges that included school administrators, visual arts and technology professionals, community members, and MPY staff selected two co-winners for this year’s PSA project. The winning entries were submitted by Seekonk High School and Newton North High School. Both winning teams will have their PSAs appear on WCAT in Wakefield.

A Newton North High School team consisting of students Neria Abbimutt, Julia Bartow Fuchs, Rowan Hood, and Rishi Prabhu submitted a PSA entitled “Self Respect.” To view their PSA, click here.

A Seekonk High School team consisting of students Lillie Hoskins, Addison Abreu, Tessa Deal, Zoe DiPippo, Abhi Patel, Katie Eklund, Kailyn Gridley-Craig, Alexcya Barber, Robert Gordon, Nathan High, and Keira Fecteau submitted a PSA entitled “Make Self-Respect Stick.” To view their PSA, click here.

This year’s entries presented the question, “What does respect mean to you?” Submissions centered around concepts of respecting your classmates, school & community, respecting yourself, respecting the environment, respecting opponents and officials in sports, respecting individual differences, and respecting personal styles. Judges were impressed by the PSA’s overall quality, creativity and positivity. 

“Thank you to all the students, teachers and advisors from our member districts for showcasing your talents and helping to deliver positive messages about this year’s theme,’RESPECT. Give It. Get It,'” said Director Daniels. 

About the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc.

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides training, fosters collaboration, and develops programming to increase the health and safety of students. MPY is committed to bringing cutting-edge information and high-quality trainings to constituents and endeavors to provide solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing and ideally eliminating risky behaviors for youth. MPY programming reaches nearly 6,000 educators per year in Massachusetts, spread across approximately 300 districts, with more than 150 webinars and over a dozen conferences. 

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth is governed 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 deliver this mission. To learn more, visit: https://massachusettspartnershipsforyouth.com/

A screen capture from one of the winning public service announcements, “Make Self-Respect Stick” from Seekonk High School. (Courtesy Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth)

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