Students have their say in drug campaign

May 7, 2014

Students in Murdoch’s Graduate Screen Program lent a hand with the latest campaign against drugs in WA.

The WA Police launched the Students Advising Youth Project last week, a competition for young people to make short films that convey drug awareness.

Building on a pilot trial with Comet Bay Senior High School last year, the Murdoch University students made four short films to teach teenagers about the SAY project and how to make and market their own video.

The four promotional films have been made available online and are expected to be viewed by 200 schools statewide.

Murdoch Senior lecturer in Screen Production, Melanie Rodriga, said the fourth year students were very enthusiastic about the project and had done a fantastic job in communicating the message.

“As part of our graduate screen program, students work with industry to gain an appreciation of the high quality needed by professional film makers,” Ms Rodriga said.

“We had worked with the WA police on developing the pilot project last year so we were delighted to continue to support the project.”

In the SAY project, students must research the topic and produce the video as part of a competition. The winner will receive a $1000 prize and an opportunity to travel to Canberra where they will present their film to a Federal Government representative at Parliament House.

Inspector Paul La Spina said young people are often reluctant to take on-board the advice delivered to them by adults, whether it is about the use of illegal drugs, road safety or any other community safety topic.

“The SAY Project aims to harness students’ enthusiasm, innovation and creativity to empower them to become educators of other youth on key topical subjects, there is no better way to educate students on helping to create change at a local community level,” he said.

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