Each year, through a partnership with CREC (the Capitol Region Education Council), the RBHAOs (Regional Behavioral Health Action Organizations), CCPG (the CT Council on Problem Gambling) and PGS (Problem Gambling Services), we have the opportunity to work with youth across the state to focus on gambling prevention. Through this partnership, we are able to provide learning experiences on the importance of prevention, having youth know and understand the signs of problem gambling, and that early interventions lead to successful futures.
Each of our 5 regions throughout the state recruits a team of youth and an adult advisor to develop, produce and distribute gambling awareness messages to their peers through public service announcements and/or media campaigns. The projects start with an overview training that is provided by the CT Council on Problem Gambling, followed by a meeting with each individual team to discuss their initial project idea. Technical assistance is provided by CREC throughout the duration of their project period. Once the projects are finished, the teams present their campaigns at a statewide youth conference hosted by Amplify in Region 4.
The communities and teams that participated in 2020 were Bridgeport, Mansfield, Naugatuck, Rocky Hill, and Shelton. Click the links below to view their PSAs:
Rocky Hill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvpAF5krKoo
Check back in May 2021 to view the new projects from New Britain, Bridgeport, Montville, Naugatuck and Shelton!