Amidst all the violence and chaos happening in our communities some Delaware youth have decided to “Be in the SPOTLIGHT for the right reasons”!
Today’s youth ages 13-18 throughout the state of Delaware are impacted by numerous negative influences that promote anti-social behavior, and lifestyles consisting of crime, violence, drug dealing, drug/alcohol/tobacco-use and other maladaptive responses. Moreover, recent proposed interventions aimed at addressing minority contact with the criminal justice system appear punitive and may actually contribute to the dilemma.
16 finalists from Sussex, Kent and New Castle counties will be competing in the 2012 Delaware Teen Idol Finals. Youth singers, rappers, and poets displaying their talents to various health initiatives: HIV/AIDS, Mental Health, Responsible Sexual Behavior: Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Substance Abuse, Violence Prevention and Fatherhood Involvement.
Our special celebrity judge will be Caroline Sunshine from the Disney Channel hit show “Shake It Up”. Caroline plays “Tinka” on the show.
The finals will be held on Friday, August 3rd, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel, located 700 N. King Street. Doors will open at 5:30PM. The show begins at 6PM. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at AIDS Delaware.
Since 2005 Delaware Teen Idol has been a project to assist youth in the character development. Youth are given the opportunity to create their own positive messages that have an impact on them, their family and their community.
The goal of this project is to:
• Increase awareness among our youth about the various issues taking place
• Encourage safer behaviors sexually or otherwise
• Have individuals seek HIV counseling and testing early
• Promote positive messages among youth through creative expressions.
“Delaware Teen Idol allows us the opportunity to look at “what’s right with our youth” says Hawkins. Besides being a fun competition among the young adults, the goal of this project is to provide education about HIV/AIDS and encourage the practice of safe behaviors.”