Spread the Word, Not the Virus 

AdkAction is pleased to announce the winning video of its statewide COVID-19 Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest: “A Vintage COVID-19 PSA.” The contest, which was open to all middle and high school students in New York, garnered 53 entries from every region of the state, sharing students’ advice based on CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Take Action: You can help keep our communities safe by sharing the advice in the videos below, and by continuing to follow CDC guidelines:

First Place:

A Vintage COVID-19 PSA

Honorable Mention:

Close Friends

Quick COVID Conversations

Play Our Part

About the PSA Contest

AdkAction is sponsoring a COVID-19 Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest focusing on the theme “Spread the word, Not the virus”.

“Our Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival has been a great venue for engaging young people and offering them a platform to have their voices heard. We want to see what students in the Adirondacks and across New York State have to say about preventing the spread of the virus. COVID Fatigue is real, and we all need to be reminded of the critical importance of following public health advice,” said Brittany Christenson, Executive Director of AdkAction.

“Students are going through a lot right now, and we hope that this contest will empower them to focus some of their energy on positive messages that can help keep our schools and communities safer,” noted Wendy Cross, Tupper Lake Central School District art teacher and co-organizer of Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival.

Video submissions were submitted through Launchpad, a digital film contest platform donated by Skills21 at EdAdvance, an educational nonprofit based in Connecticut. Submissions are being judged by teachers, nonprofit leaders, and health department staff. Judges are looking for PSA’s that show considerable originality and inventiveness, with compelling messaging that evokes emotion.

Thank you to our partners: