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2023-2024 School PSA Video Contest

Crime Stoppers of Houston is hosting their 5th Annual Public Service Announcement (PSA) video contest for Houston-area high school and Texas High School students. The 2023-2024 #PreventToProtect campaign aims to educate the public about the seriousness of substance use and bringing awareness to the unfortunate reality students and school staff are faced with daily on campuses.

Substance use prevention, especially with a heightened emphasis on fentanyl, is of paramount importance to high school students. As young individuals in the process of shaping their futures, they face a unique set of challenges and temptations. Understanding the gravity of substance abuse, particularly the dangers posed by fentanyl, is crucial for their well-being and the well-being of their peers. Fentanyl, with its potency and lethal potential (only takes 2 mg to overdose, sizable to two grains of salt), demands heightened awareness and vigilance. By educating high school students about the risks associated with fentanyl and other substances, we empower them to make informed decisions, protect themselves, and support their friends and classmates. This knowledge is not just about avoiding immediate harm; it’s about fostering a culture of responsibility, empathy, and resilience. 

We believe that the power of youth can make a lasting impact on our communities, and this contest is designed to harness that potential. Substance use, especially the spread of fentanyl, poses a significant threat to our society, and we’re calling on high school students to be part of the solution.

Our contest #PreventToProtect encourages students to create powerful and persuasive 60 second PSA video that raise awareness about the dangers of fentanyl and other substances. By participating, students have the opportunity not only to express their creativity but also to educate their peers and the wider community about the risks associated with fentanyl use.

The team PSA submissions should address one or all of these campaign focal points:

  • How risk factors and/or peer pressure can contribute to substance use / risky decision making
  • Warning signs in friends, peers, or classmates of potential substance use
  • Psychological and emotional consequences for the person using substances, close friends, family, classmates, etc.
  • Legal consequences for perpetrators actions and involvement

Participants will have the chance to win exciting prizes, gain recognition for their work, and, most importantly, contribute to the greater good by helping to combat the fentanyl epidemic. Together, we can create a safer and healthier future for our communities. Join us in this important mission to prevent substance use and raise awareness about the dangers of fentanyl. Your voice matters, and together, we can make a difference. 

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32% of Houston Area Teens reported ever vaping within the last year

25% of Houston Area Teens reported ever smoking marijuana in the last year

8% of Houston Area Teens reported ever smoking synthetic marijuana in the last year

5% of Houston Area Teens reported ever using cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, or ecstasy. 

**CDC, High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2021

A teacher must sponsor high school students who wish to take part. Teams of one to four students must register online and must submit a 45-60 second original video. 

   Registration has ENDED!  

   Video Submission and Forms Deadline – March 14, 2024

   Organization Voting and YouTube Campaign Period
– March 18 – April 29, 2024

   Winning Teams Announcement
– April 10, 2024

   Awards Ceremony
– Tentatively May 15, 2024

1. The contest is open to all Houston area high school students in grades 9-12. Each team will consist of ONE TO FOUR STUDENTS and a TEACHER SPONSOR who will assist the team as needed and be responsible for submitting all contest forms and the video PSA entry.

2. Entries must be 45-60 seconds (including credits) and only contain original and non-copyrighted material. No copy-written music, branded material, logos, etc., may be used without express written permission for the copyright or trademark holder. Please utilize technology to mask logos or names of corporations that may appear in the video, unless specific permission is granted to use logos or company names.

3. All team members must not attempt to include or perform video stunts, dangerous situations, or film at dangerous locations during the production of the video. The Teacher Sponsor will guide teams through the planning and filming / submission process, in order to ensure safety and security for all students involved in the project.

4. The screening committee reserves the right to disqualify any submission for any reason deemed necessary. Submitted videos will not be eligible if they contain or appear to contain:
     a. Profane or obscene material or language
     b. Nudity, profanity, or gratuitous violence
     c. Endorsement of illegal drug use, alcohol abuse, prescription drug abuse, or any other illegal activity
     d. Derogatory characterization of any person or group
     e. Any copyrighted or trademarked materials without express written consent form the copyright or trademark holder

Information coming soon!

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Registration Form
Parent/Guardian Release 
Actor Release
Media Release
Location Release

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                If you have any further questions, please contact us at:  kfrey@crime-stoppers.org

2023 - 2024 Winners #PreventToProtect

1st Place: JVTV from Jersey Village High School 

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2nd Place: Team 6 from Spring Woods High School

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3rd Place: Cdub Media from Cypress Woods High School


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2022 - 2023 Winners #SeeSomethingSaySomething

1st Place: Cypress Ridge High School – Ridge Media

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2nd Place: Cypress Woods High School – CyWoods Team 1

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3rd Place:  Cypress Creek High School – Ridge Media


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2021-2022 Winners #HumanTrafficking

1st Place – Cypress Ridge High School

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2nd Place – Cypress Woods High School

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3rd Place – William B. Travis High School

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2020-2021 Winners #StopSextortion

1st Place Winners – Cypress Ridge High School

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2nd Place Winners – Cypress Lakes High School

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3rd Place Winners – Stephen F. Austin High School
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2019-2020 Winners #ThinkBeforeYouPost

1st place – Cypress Lakes High School – Team Spartan Studios

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2nd place – Robert Turner College and Career High School – Team Turner Video

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3rd place – Montgomery High School – Team Law Enforcers

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