Young people are bombarded by many warnings from adults about the dangers of underage drinking, so an effort by the Michigan Secretary of State's office aims to have their peers send the messages instead, reports the Detroit Free Press. Now in its second year, the Courageous Persuaders program offers high school students a chance to flex their creativity and videography skills to discourage middle-school kids from drinking and driving through youth-oriented public service announcements. Participants get a chance to win scholarships of up to $3,000.

The 2009 competition is under way, open to high school students interested in creating videos

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