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Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 17, 2014

Communications Office

Governor Hassan Announces Three Additional Trainings in Program to Help Prevent Youth Violence
Media Power Youth to Hold Media-Literacy Trainings in Plymouth, Manchester and the North Country

CONCORD – Continuing her efforts to strengthen the safety of New Hampshire's communities and schools through Media Power Youth's media literacy program, Governor Maggie Hassan today announced that registration is open for three additional trainings in the public-private initiative aimed at helping reduce and prevent youth violence.

The trainings are scheduled for Friday, September 19, in Plymouth at Whole Village Family Resource Center; Friday, November 7, at Manchester Community College; and Monday, March 16, 2015, in Gorham at North Country Education Services.

"Media Power Youth is an evidenced-based approach that is making schools and communities across the state safer by helping parents, educators and young people understand media's role in influencing behavior," Governor Hassan said. "Ensuring the safety of our young people, our schools and our communities is government's most important responsibility, and with schools and districts representing more than 200 communities in New Hampshire involved in the public-private initiative, Media Power Youth is helping maintain our status as one of the safest state's in the nation."

Through a grant from the Office of the Attorney General, the initiative enables Media Power Youth, a Manchester-based nonprofit and expert in media literacy, to provide free curricula and training for New Hampshire teachers and school professionals to implement in their schools. The full-day training provides educators the skills and knowledge for successful implementation of the program, along with professional development hours.

The evidence-based curriculum, Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices, is designed for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. It promotes healthy decisions and positive use of media while students learn about the media's role and influence on violence, aggression and bullying; tobacco and alcohol use; and food choices.

For a select number of model communities in the 2014-2015 school years, the initiative also provides Screenshots, a violence prevention intervention for middle and high schools, and parent education. In June 2014, Governor Hassan announced that Rochester was named the first model community. Other model communities will be announced this fall, with selection based on representation of regions, diversity in economies and population, and the same community-wide commitment from school districts to implement media literacy for violence prevention across age levels that the City of Rochester has demonstrated.

For information on bringing the violence prevention program to your school district or community or to register for training, please contact Sarah Shanahan at Media Power Youth at 603-222-1200 or More information can be found at Media Power Youth's website

About Media Power Youth

Media Power Youth empowers youth to lead healthy, safe lives through smart use of media. Based in Manchester, NH, Media Power Youth is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) working locally and throughout the Northeast in collaboration with school districts, communities, research institutions, health and prevention programs, businesses and foundations to provide a continuum of evidence based, health-focused media literacy education for youth, parents, and professionals.