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Project Here Massachusetts | Media Power Youth

Media Power Youth joins in an innovative public-private collaboration in Massachusetts

Project Here Invites Media Power Youth to Bring Substance Use Prevention to Massachusetts Middle Schools

Project Here, a partnership between the Massachusetts Attorney General and GE to integrate substance use prevention curricula into Massachusetts middle schools has announced that Media Power Youth’s evidence-based, Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices, has been selected to be eligible for funding .  If schools have an evidenced based curriculum in place and wish to add an additional program, they can select Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices, an evidenced based, comprehensive media literacy curriculum: focusing on substance use, violence prevention, and bullying.

See “Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Program list” for other resources.

Project Here is an innovative public-private collaboration to make substance use prevention education available to every public middle school in Massachusetts. Through integrated in-classroom and digital learning experiences, Project Here will educate young people about the risks and consequences of using and experimenting with substances, empower them to help others, and give them the tools they need to make healthy decisions.

Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices – 4-6 grade

Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices is an evidenced based, comprehensive classroom curriculum on media literacy’s core concepts applied to: substance use, violence prevention, bullying and healthy food choices.

Program Structure

Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices includes a 6th grade curriculum with all the materials needed to assist students in becoming critical consumers and responsible producers of healthy media messages.

The 6th grade program consists of 12 lessons, which are each 45-minutes in length. Teachers can choose to teach the content areas independently or in succession.

  • Lesson 1- Introduction of Media Literacy Basics
  • Lessons 2-5 Effects of Media on Violence, Aggression and Bullying
  • Lessons 6-9 Influences of Media on Substance Use (including a new, additional lesson on vaping)
  • Lessons 10-12 Impact of Media on Healthy Food Choices

Program Components

The curriculum includes teacher’s guide, lesson plans, media examples, handouts and assessments. Materials can be accessed online or through a USB flash drive.

Teacher Training

Training options include live, in person training that takes place in one 6-hour session or online, self-paced training that takes about 6 hours. The online training is monitored by Media Power Youth professionals for feedback and discussion.

Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices: Training and Curriculum

Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices is listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) “as effective for improving knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about media effects on violence, bullying, alcohol use, smoking, and food choices.”

This evidence-based media literacy curriculum trains educators to help students develop critical thinking and decision-making skills to recognize and resist media’s influence on their attitudes and behaviors. Healthy decision making, safe use of media, and stronger school and social function can result.

SCREENSHOTS – 7th and 8th Grades

Media Power Youth’s researched based 7th and 8th grade curriculum will be available for additional purchase in the Fall of 2018.

SCREENSHOTS is a media literacy curriculum for middle school students, designed as an intervention to prevent violence, aggression, cyber bullying and substance use. Students will develop media literacy skills to

  • evaluate media messages portraying violence and substance use
  • practice critical thinking about conflict, problem solving, and substance use
  • identify and prevent cyberbullying and promote positive online behaviors
  • understand the role of digital media in peer pressure and behaviors including, violence, bullying and substance use.

Intended behavioral results are the practice of digital citizenship, understanding and practice of empathy, acquisition of conflict resolution skills, respect for self and others, and avoidance of substance use.

SCREENSHOTS features accompanying podcasts, lesson plans, interactive projects and an innovative interactive notebook design.