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May 12 - Gov. Hassan Encourages Participation in Youth Violence Prevention Initiative

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For Immediate Release
May 12, 2015

Communications Office

Governor Hassan Encourages Participation in Youth Violence Prevention Initiative
Media Power Youth to Hold Media-Literacy Training in Concord on May 22

CONCORD – Continuing her efforts to strengthen the safety of New Hampshire's communities and schools through Media Power Youth's media literacy program, Governor Maggie Hassan today encouraged parents, educators and young people to take advantage of the final teacher training of the 2014-2015 school year in the state's public-private Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.

The training, conducted by Media Power Youth, is scheduled for Friday, May 22, at Health Trust NH, 25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord, New Hampshire, from 9:00am-4:00pm. Registration remains open through Wednesday, May 20.

"By helping parents, educators and young people understand media's role in influencing behavior with its evidence-based approach, Media Power Youth is making schools and communities across the state safer," Governor Hassan said. "Ensuring the safety of our young people, our schools and our communities is government's most important responsibility, and with schools and districts representing more than 200 communities in New Hampshire involved in the public-private initiative, Media Power Youth is playing an important role in our ongoing public and school safety efforts." 

Through a grant from the Office of the Attorney General, the initiative enables Media Power Youth, a Manchester-based nonprofit and expert in media literacy, to provide free curricula and training for New Hampshire teachers and school professionals to implement in their schools. The full-day training provides educators the skills and knowledge for successful implementation of the program, along with professional development hours.

The evidence-based curriculum, Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices, is designed for fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students. It promotes healthy decisions and positive use of media while students learn about the media's role and influence on violence, aggression and bullying; tobacco and alcohol use; and food choices.

For a select number of model communities, the initiative also provides Screenshots, a violence prevention intervention for middle and high schools, and parent education.

For information on bringing the violence prevention initiative to your school district or community or to register for training, please contact Sarah Shanahan at Media Power Youth at 603-222-1200 or media@mediapoweryouth.org. More information can be found at Media Power Youth's website www.mediapoweryouth.org.

About Media Power Youth
Media Power Youth empowers youth to lead healthy, safe lives through smart use of media. Based in Manchester, NH, Media Power Youth is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) working locally and throughout the Northeast in collaboration with school districts, communities, research institutions, health and prevention programs, businesses and foundations to provide a continuum of evidence based, health-focused media literacy education for youth, parents, and professionals.

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