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WCSH-TV and WLBZ-TV Honor Teens Who Volunteer (WCSH-TV and WLBZ-TV/Maine)

Topic: Education | VIDEO

In celebration of young people who are positive role models, WCSH-TV in Portland, Maine, and WLBZ-TV in Bangor, Maine, honor teens throughout the state who give their time and talent by volunteering. Each year, the station airs public service announcements calling for nominations, from which a panel of community leaders selects six teens for special recognition. The station profiles each teen with a three-minute video, which runs during the evening newscast. These profiles are then edited into short “salutes” and aired for two months. This year, the program marked its 10th anniversary with a one-hour primetime special, which included interviews with current and former Teens Who Care honorees and highlights of the award ceremony, which took place at the Portland Museum of Art. Two hundred family, friends and school officials attended the special gathering where recipients of the Teens Who Care Award were given a $2,000 scholarship from Maine Education Services, the nonprofit group that partners with the station for the program. “Teens Who Care” has been cited by the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Commission for Community Service as “inspirational and motivating.” Maryalice Crofton, director of the Maine Commission for Community Service, said, “The program is the premier way in the state to recognize what young people are able to do. It selects teens who can be role models and examples.”


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