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COVID-19

Youth advocacy

You look rad! Share your rad face selfies using the hashtag #maskup 

We need your help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Young people are leading a surge in new COVID-19 cases in Alaska and they can get very sick from this virus, as well as spread it to others.

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We need your help

COVID-19 is a stealthy, tricky, and extremely contagious virus that people can give to others – even if they don’t have symptoms. You are the best messengers for other youth because you know how to get messages out that are creative, interesting, and can reach your friends and networks. 

Alaska’s own Quinn Christopherson, winner of the 2019 national NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert contest, shad this message about how people who love music and friends can still enjoy these things safely while preventing the spread of COVID-19.

 

 Watch Quinn Christopherson's PSA: Now is not the time to be crowding together – especially not indoors.

 

As Quinn says, “Now is not the time to be crowding together – especially not indoors.” 

Get involved

We encourage you to create your own pics/memes/videos to help keep your friends, parents, elders, neighbors and other Alaskans safe. Post them on your own social media channels using the hashtag #AKyouthCombatCOVID so we can amplify/cross-post some of YOUR POSTS and get them out to a statewide audience.

It's more important than ever for Alaskans to know the risks, be safe and stay healthy... and Alaska's youth are helping lead the way with great initiatives like #AKYouthCombatCOVID! Often when new diseases emerge, there is great uncertainty that can allow fear, misinformation and stigma to spread even more quickly than the virus. There's so much great content out there on social media, but always check sources to make sure you aren't spreading misinformation about COVID-19 in Alaska.

Youth messaging

I would rather salmon than COVID 
I would rather salmon than COVID 
I would rather salmon than COVID 
I would rather salmon than COVID 

#AKYouthCombatCOVID

Break the Chain video series

Share videos from the Break the Chain series!

Florida Health Youth Campaign

COVID-19: Plans for Families with Children

Help families plan ahead during uncertain times.

COVID-19: Plans for Families with Children outlines how to make a plan for if a caregiver becomes sick and cannot care for children and family members.

ATMI handwashing dance

This fabulous handwashing dance video by Alaska Teen Media Institute and Pulse Dance Company includes a dance about how to properly wash your hands and instructions for how to do the dance. The music, artwork, and tutorial is posted on the ATMI website and the content was shared on FB, Twitter, and Instagram

Social distancing doesn't have to make you lonely

This message was developed for all audiences, but does fit well with teen audiences. Tag a friend or share the good vibes on on FB or Instagram.

Video by Fairbanks youth Abigail Conklin

Abby is a 15-year-old from Fairbanks who made a video for a short video contest and gave uspermission to share on FB and Instagram

Play Every Day

Many of youth advocates already follow Play Every Day, but check out their great content including blog posts and video PSAs.

Child Safety & Well-Being During #COVID19

The Office of Children's Services has a Child Safety & Well-Being During #COVID19 website that offers info and resources for everyone: families, children & youth, and community members.

HEALTH Survey

The HEALTH Survey is aimed at finding out how COVID-19 is affecting the lives of families with children. The first and second surveys are complete, but please text MORE to 907-269-0344 to be notified when additional surveys become available. Additional surveys and survey results will also be posted on our MCH Epi website. Feel free to share with individuals who may be interested in participating.