Local arts-based youth development program Living Out UR Dreams (LOUD) has created a series of public service announcement (PSA) videos written, performed and produced by high school students from the Beaufort area.
Made possible by grant funding raised in conjunction with Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, the videos focus on the inequities in South Carolina law regarding violence in teen dating relationships and same-sex relationships.
“The students were immediately excited about the opportunity to create and star in the PSA campaign,” said LOUD Creative Director Jamie Fleming. “They were very eager to utilize what they learned through the Mentors in Violence Prevention training offered through Hope Haven and believed that their words might be able to bring change in the community.”
Funded through a grant from the Ms. Foundation, a national social justice organization headquartered in New York City, the PSA project is intended to challenge viewers to reconsider assumptions about interpersonal violence and promote better choices.
“LOUD’s PSA project is a great example of how young people will work for positive change if you point them in the right direction and give them a chance,” said Shauw Chin Capps, executive director of Hope Haven of the Lowcountry. “We are so proud of the young men and women who worked on the PSAs and had the courage to stand up for what they believe.”
LOUD also is currently undertaking a fundraising campaign to help finance permanent space for the program.