Student-produced Drug Prevention Video to Be Distributed Nationally

Posted: July 16, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Students in Cynthia Lont’s Visual Communication graduate course recently completed a video that will be distributed nationally to groups interested in forming a substance abuse and violence prevention program. The students produced the video for the Fairfax County Leadership and Resilience Program (LRP), created by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), which is recognized by a number of federal agencies as a national model substance use and violence prevention program.

The 12-minute video demonstrates the principles of LRP and explains how the model can be used in other programs throughout the country. Lont’s class of 25 divided into teams of script writers, videographers, graphic designers, audio engineers, and video editors. Lance Schmeidler, a graduate student in the master’s in communication program, was the executive producer. The Mason students interviewed high school students, employees of LRP, and other officials for the video.

“We were overwhelmed by [the video’s] high quality. It’s amazing to think that this project went from a concept to a solid, professional product in just 12 weeks,” says Laura Yager, director of prevention services for CSB. “It is an extremely professional, attention-grabbing production and one that reflects positively on LRP and on George Mason University.”

The video won the George Mason Century Club Award for Most Effective Corporate Interaction at Innovations 2004. The students recently attended a County Board meeting, where they premiered the tape and were presented with a plaque.

“The client satisfaction and Innovations award are a testament to the hard work and literally thousands of hours committed by our team of George Mason students, LRP liaisons and employees, those in the field of education, and the student participants and their families,” says Schmeidler.

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