Bullies Suck! Stars of The N’s Hit Drama, Degrassi: The Next Generation, to Front Do Something’s new PSA Campaign Set to Premiere on Tuesday, January 31

February 01, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
New York, NY – Hoping to prevent future school shootings and bullying, Do Something is partnering with The N, the nighttime network for teens, to encourage participation in Do Something’s national “Start with Art Campaign” to inspire change.

“Every day, over 12, 000 young people are victims of school violence. We want to put and end to this and feel safe at school,” says Aubrey Graham, star of Degrassi: the Next Generation.

Aubrey and Lauren Collins are spokespeople for “Safe at School,” the campaign run by Do Something for the month of February. The PSA will premiere on The N on Tuesday, January 31 and will run 3-4 times each night during Degrassi and throughout The N’s schedule through the Feb 28 art contest submission deadline. The PSA will also air on Channel One starting on February 1 and run for the entire month of February. The star characters on Degrassi: The Next Generation face tough teenage issues including a school shooting storyline.

Kids in the United States and Canada are proving that their art speaks louder than the actions and words of bullies. They are creating works of inspiration and defiance, including murals, sculptures, and photo collages.

Kids are encouraged to submit samples of their work at www.dosomething.org . Students will win the opportunity to have his or her artwork on t-shirts available nationally, displayed in BUILD Magazine, and online in Do Something’s “start with art” online gallery.

Kids decide what to do. Kids create safe environments. Stop the Violence. Start Now. Start with Art.

When: January 31 (PSA Premieres on The N) Feburary 1 – Channel One premiere
Who: Teens nationwide
What: Safe at School Campaign using art to combat school violence

Teachers can help. They can facilitate the “Safe at School Challenge” as part of the school day by downloading free curricula and lesson plans at www.dosomething.org

Do Something, a not-for-profit 501(c)3, inspires, supports and celebrates young people changing our world. When kids are active citizens, they develop lifelong leadership skills and character.

Degrassi is a fictional, dramatic series that tackles tough issues in a realistic way. The series introduces a new generation of teens going through the trials and tribulations of adolescence in the 21st century at the newly refurbished Degrassi Community School.

The N, the nighttime network for teens, is a programming arm of MTV Networks and is currently available in 45 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite television. The N's mission is to be the authentic voice for teens and help them figure out their lives with relevant, topical programming on-air and online at the network’s web site www.the-n.com. The N airs everyday from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (ET). The N and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

Channel One, Channel One News and its three-time Webby Award-winning Web site, www.ChannelOne.com, feature stories on breaking news and in-depth issues that affect the world, the nation and specifically, America's teenagers. As the leading source of news and information for young people, Channel One’s 12-minute news broadcasts are delivered daily to more than 7 million students and over 300,000 educators in 11,000 middle and high schools across the country.