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Make your own sex ed film – and win a prize!

October 2nd, 2007

Dr Petra

Have you ever thought that sex education is boring? Do you wish you’d had better classes? Perhaps you think you could do it better?

Well now’s your chance. ISIS-Inc and RH Reality Check have launched a contest called Fresh Focus Sex Ed Video Contest. So if you fancy trying your hand at improving how we learn about sex, why not join in?

Film makers must be 15-30 years old and make an original video about sex education that follows one of two themes: 1. Share your sex ed experience so far. Show us how and why it sucked or rocked. OR 2. Redesign how sex ed could be delivered. Imagine that anything is possible.

You can read the official contest rules and submit entries here. More information is available from Freshfocusvideocontest@gmail.com if you have any more questions.

Here’s their press release if you would like to know more….

Leading National Reproductive Health Partners Announce the Launch of Fresh Focus: Sex-Ed Digital Video Contest

An interactive digital video contest to engage students in discussion about sexuality education Thursday, September 20, 2007 – Advocates for Youth (AFY), Internet Sexuality Information Services, Inc. (ISIS), SFSU’s National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC), RH Reality Check, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) announce today’s launch of Fresh Focus: Sex-Ed Digital Video Contest, a contest for people ages 15 to 30 to highlight youth voices in the national dialogue on sexuality education.

“While the debate about the need for comprehensive sexuality education rages, millions of young people in this country are left without the information and education that can help them to live healthy lives,” said Amie Newman of RH Reality Check. “We are asking youth around the country to use their voices – and a video camera – for change within their communities.” Young people are invited to submit new digital videos showing how they envision the sex ed experience. Content of the video can cover:

1) Your sex ed experience so far, the good and the bad OR 2) New delivery models for comprehensive sex education (cell phones, Internet, console games, robots, etc.).

Videos will be judged on originality and educational value. Content and creative vision will be weighed more heavily than production quality. The grand prize winner will receive a $3500 scholarship or cash equivalent.

“Youth are online everyday creating content and communicating via blogs, digital videos, and text messaging. Fresh Focus: Sex-Ed Digital Video Contest asks youth to envision the future themselves so as to help teachers and youth advocates nationwide design Sex Ed 2.0 — equipping today’s youth with information delivered in a culturally appropriate way so they can form healthy relationships and protect themselves against HIV and other STDs.”

The contest begins on September 20th and entries will be accepted until December 31st, 2007. Voting begins January 4th, 2008. Video finalists will be featured at the Sex::Tech Conference: Focus on Youth, January 22-23, 2008 at the Institute for Next Generation Internet in San Francisco. Visit the official contest page today for all the details and official rules.

“We are proud to support the valuable work RH Reality Check and its partners are doing to improve sexuality education across the country,” said Tamara Kreinin, Executive Director of the Women and Population Program at the United Nations Foundation. “This innovative contest offers students the chance to use their creativity and new media to tell parents and teachers what they need to stay informed and healthy.”

Details, Rules, and Information on Submissions


Visit the official Sex::Tech Conference website

About Advocates for Youth: Advocates for Youth (AFY) is a long-time leader in the movement to empower young people to make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. AFY is the only organization that works both in the United States and in developing countries with a sole focus on adolescent reproductive and sexual health.

About ISIS: Internet Sexuality Information Services, Inc. (ISIS) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to developing and using Internet technologies for sexual health promotion and to prevent disease transmission. ISIS provides leadership, innovation, educational resources and research in online sexual health promotion.

About NSRC: San Francisco State University’s National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC) gathers and disseminates the latest accurate information and research on sexual health, education, and rights for all.

About RH Reality Check: As a progressive news outlet covering reproductive and sexual health news and information, RH Reality Check, with the support of the United Nations Foundation, has been on the forefront of this issue, covering the ongoing controversy of comprehensive sexuality education and the federal funding of abstinence-only programs.

About SIECUS: The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) has been at the forefront of efforts to promote sexuality education for people of all ages, protect sexual rights, and expand access to sexual health for over forty years.

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