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NH DHHS Applauds Recognition of Media Power Youth's Efforts to Stem Substance Use, Violence, and Other At-Risk Behaviors

NH-Based Media Literacy Program Encourages Children's Healthy Use of Media

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pleased to announce that Media Power Youth is the first New Hampshire organization to be listed on SAMHSA's (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Media Power Youth, a Manchester-based nonprofit and leader in health-focused media literacy education, provides training and curriculum to teachers and school officials to help them encourage children to make healthy decisions when using media.

"Media Power Youth's Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices is now nationally recognized for evidence of a positive effect in helping children understand and make healthy decisions about media's effect on violence, bullying, alcohol use, smoking, and food choices," said Joseph Harding, Director of the DHHS Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. "We hope that students in schools across the State will continue to benefit from this important program.

SAMHSA's inclusion of Media Power Youth Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices on the NREPP recognizes over 10 years of development, implementation, and evaluation of the evidence-based program. Media Power Youth is recognized as evidence-based by the NH Center for Excellence, established and funded through a public–private partnership with DHHS and the NH Charitable Foundation.

"We are proud to show that we can help children understand and use media to make healthy choices," said Media Power Youth Executive Director, Rona Zlokower. She credits Media Power Youth's success in achieving national recognition to a dedicated, talented staff and evaluation team and successful partnerships in at-risk prevention, public health, healthcare, law enforcement and education. "We thank the many educators, providers of youth services, individuals, businesses and foundations whose support allows us to reach more communities, teachers, and children."

"We are thrilled, following our years of support, to see Media Power Youth as a nationally recognized media literacy program contributing to the prevention of substance use, violence, and other at-risk behaviors," said Tym Rourke, ‎Director of Substance Use Grantmaking and Strategic Initiatives at New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and Chairman, NH Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment. "It is especially gratifying that state leadership has chosen Media Power Youth for use in schools statewide."

Through the NH Youth Violence Prevention Initiative led by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and Attorney General Joseph Foster, Media Power Youth is in the third year of funding from the New Hampshire Department of Justice to provide training and the Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices curriculum for New Hampshire educators in an effort to stem youth violence and bullying.

"We are pleased to find how effective this program is," said Dr. Michael Rich, MD, MPH, and Director, Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) at Boston Children's Hospital whose researchers evaluated Media Power Youth's curriculum. "We hope that children, teachers and families everywhere benefit from Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices."

For more information about Media Power Youth and its program, please visit or contact Rona Zlokower, Executive Director, at (603) 222-1200 or

For more information on the listing, please visit the SAMHSA NREPP website.

Posted on: March 3, 2016
Topics: Something New

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