Raise Your Voice
The goal of Raise Your Voice Youth Grant Program is to address the issue of teen traffic issues through student created media. Issues include underage drinking, seatbelt use, distracted driving. Young people listen to their friends and other teens far more than they do to adults so student-to-student messages can be more powerful than adult-to-student messages. By creating media with a prevention message, school-based organizations can have a positive impact on the peer culture at their school.
“I think that this program is very important and impacts many students and people in the community, and changes their thoughts and decisions on very real topics that most people face daily.”
We live in a culture saturated by the media. Cell phones, TV, music, movies, and the Internet are part of our daily, even hourly, lives. Raise Your Voice Youth Grants use the media that is so much a part of our lives to give a powerful message about teen safety issues. High school organizations and sports team have students that are talented at making movies, developing graphics, creating music, delivering presentations, writing articles, or drawing cartoons. The Youth Grants are a way to use their media talents and skills to promote positive change. Like Raise Your Voice Alaska on Facebook for updates.
Raise Your Voice 2017 Videos
Research has found that parents can cut their teens’ crash risk in half by staying involved, setting rules, and being supportive. In 2017, AIPC worked with students across Alaska to educate parents about ways they can get involved and be supportive of their teen as they learn how to drive. Student groups created videos with messages directed to parents and shared them online and in person. Students also coordinated a pre and post survey to test parents on their knowledge of Alaska’s laws and licensing procedures related to teen drivers.
In 2017, a total of seven student groups from Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks, and Noatak completed the Raise Your Voice program and shared their videos with parents. The Raise Your Voice 2017 participants created short videos to share with parents about how they can be involved and be supportive of their teens as they learn how to drive. Below are the entries for Raise Your Voice 2017. More Raise Your Voice entries from past years can be found on our Teen Media page. Raise Your Voice 2017 was organized by AIPC with funding from the Alaska Highway Safety Office, United Way of Anchorage, and State Farm.