TEENS TEACH TEENS
(MID-HUDSON VALLEY, NY) The teen reviewers who worked for the Mid-Hudson Library System’s Health Information Project (http://midhudson.org/hip/main.htm) have concluded their presentations to area middle school health classes, following their employment as evaluators of current videos and web sites addressing issues of concern to youth.
Thirty-seven teenagers, trained in media literacy skills, reviewed over 100 videos and 51 web sites during the six-week summer program. Representing public libraries in Catskill, Hudson, Lagrange, Mahopac, Pawling, Plattekill and Town of Ulster, the teens demonstrated their reviewing skills, shared insights about their work, and invited students to participate in media evaluation exercises. Videos selected for purchase through the Project based on the teen reviewers’ recommendations were shown and discussed. Titles included LIFE IN THE FAST FOOD LANE, TOBACCO-X FILES, THE TRUTH ABOUT VIOLENCE, and SURVIVING HIGH SCHOOL.
Students were made aware of the availability of information in community public libraries addressing topics of high teen interest, including substance abuse, coping skills, eating disorders, interpersonal relations and violence prevention.
The Health Information Project (HIP) is funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and provides materials at no charge through public libraries that support healthy communities and protect young persons from risks in their environment. For more information about HIP: http://midhudson.org/hip/main.htm.
The Mid-Hudson Library System serves the staff and trustees of the public libraries in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam and Ulster counties. For more information: http://midhudson.org.