And the winners of our Excellent Eight Round 1 are… Pathways to Employment and Shelter Pet Adoption! Congratulations to these two captivating campaigns and thank you to everyone who has voted in March Adness so far.
Up next, it’s the Excellent Eight Round 2 showdown between Adoption from Foster Care & High School Equivalency and Lung Cancer Screening & Type 2 Diabetes Prevention. Check out the campaigns below. Voting for the next round begins on 3/29 so be sure you’re signed up to vote!
You can expect to see Pathways to Employment and Shelter Pet Adoption in the Flawless Four on 4/3, which of this round’s campaigns will join them?
Adoption from Foster Care vs. High School Equivalency
There are over 118,000 children in the U.S. foster care system currently waiting for an adoptive family. However, older teens have lower adoption rates and spend 50% more time waiting to be adopted than younger children. No matter our age, we never outgrow the need for a loving and supportive family. Whether prospective parents can successfully wake up a teen or not, parents don’t have to know it all to be a perfect parent to a teenager – they just need to be there. Learn more about the adoption process at AdoptUSKids.org.
More than 34 million adults over the age of 18 do not have a high school diploma. Going back to pursue a high school equivalency can seem like a large and solitary endeavor. Working with McKinney and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Ad Council has developed PSAs to show adults that they have far more support than they realize and that no one gets a diploma alone.
Lung Cancer Screening vs. Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
Approximately 9 million people in the U.S. are at high risk for lung cancer and more than 15,000 lives could be saved if only half of them were screened. “Saved By The Scan” aims to raise awareness of the benefits of early detection through lung cancer screening and drive individuals to take a lung cancer screening eligibility quiz at SavedByTheScan.org.
More than one in three American adults have prediabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a serious health condition that can lead to heart attack and stroke.
Surprisingly, nearly 90 percent of people with prediabetes don’t even know they have it. But prediabetes can be reversed through weight loss, diet changes and increased physical activity. The first step to reversing the condition is evaluating one’s personal risk so that they can take action as soon as possible.
Last Round’s Winners!
Pathways to Employment
The average amount of time a resume spends on a hiring manager’s desk is seven seconds and candidates are often immediately dismissed if they don’t yet possess typical professional credentials. 7 Second Resumes, created by 22squared on behalf of Grads of Life, encourage hiring managers to look beyond the resume to see how Opportunity Youth are so much more than what’s on paper. Visit GradsofLife.org to learn more about untapped talent.
Shelter Pet Adoption
Between 6-8 million pets enter shelters or rescue groups each year, yet only half will be adopted. This leaves millions of healthy and treatable dogs and cats who still need our help to find homes. To raise awareness for shelter pet adoption, the Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund and the Ad Council built an interactive laboratory where adoptable pets made their own social media posts by interacting with elements on set. These posts were then published on The Shelter Pet Project’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. All this play laddered up to a serious request: Adopt shelter pets. Find adoptable shelter pets near you at TheShelterPetProject.org.