Campus Media Group has begun accepting applications for the 2011/2012 College Newspaper PSA Program.
Every year, Campus Media selects one nonprofit organization that has an important message to share with college students. We will work to have that organization’s PSA ad placed in some of the nation’s top college and university newspapers free of charge for the 2011-2012 school year. Where available, online ads can also be provided to papers having an online edition. Hundreds of college newspapers throughout the United States participated last year, donating thousands of dollars in free advertising space.
Campus Media Group is a college marketing agency that represents more than 1,800 college newspapers nationally. Its extensive experience working to place ads for national brands has given Campus Media the ability to work with student publications to also help non-profit organizations who rely on donated media space.
In previous years, Campus Media has worked to build awareness for organizations such as: Inspire USA, The Campus Kitchens Project, the National Council on Problem Gambling, and the National Students of AMF.
Anastasia Goodstein of the Inspire USA Foundation, says, “Being chosen for the College Newspaper PSA program was wonderful forReachOut.com. Our ads ran in hundreds of newspapers across the country driving traffic to our site, which offered resources and inspirational real stories from college students who have made it through a tough time. Working with Campus Media Group was a breeze and a pleasure. I highly recommend any non-profit organization trying to reach college students to apply for this program.”
This program is open to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. Those organizations looking for national exposure to a college audience about a cause that will resonate with students are encouraged to apply.
For more information on Campus Media or to obtain more information about the 2010-2011 College Newspaper PSA Program, please contact Jason Bakker at 952-854-3100. Applications are available below or by emailing jason [at] campusmediagroup.com and must be received by August 30, 2011.
There is no doubt that today’s brands need to think about giving back to the community, and there is no better way to do this than by aligning your brand and employees with a worthy cause. Research conducted by Youth Pulse Insights tells us that slightly more than 2 out of 5 (41%) college students think that brands “definitely should” support causes.
Brands looking to build a cause marketing stance should proceed with caution, however. Tying yourself to a cause involves more than swinging a hammer for a week with Habitat for Humanity or echoing the words of Bono as he brings awareness to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. You have to look within your organization to find out what your people care about and which opportunities fit best in relation to your industry. After all, what good is your involvement unless you actually have the power to affect it in a meaningful way?
Though certainly not an exhaustive list, here are some organizations you may not have heard of that involve youth and are doing some very remarkable things that you could be supporting:
The Campus Kitchens Project – This group partners with high schools, colleges, and universities to share on-campus kitchen space, recover food from cafeterias, and engage students as volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to the community to those who need it most. This charity’s kitchens are in 20 schools around the country — big schools and small schools, rural and urban, colleges and high schools. Its goal is to have many Campus Kitchens around the country feeding the hungry and the needy. www.campuskitchens.org
National Runaway Switchboard – This organization says between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away per year. Many are running from abusive and destructive home environments. The mission of this group is to help keep America’s runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. The 1-800-RUNAWAY hotline handles an astounding 100,000 calls each year and provides solution-focused interventions, confidential and caring support, and 24-hour help for at-risk youth and their families. www.1800runaway.org
National Students of AMF – This organization supports students of deceased or “ailing mothers, fathers,” or loved ones. This organization, with a network of 24 campus chapters, is the only one dedicated to supporting college students coping with the terminal illness or death of a loved one and empowering all college students to help each other deal with the grief and challenges associated with fighting a terminal illness. www.studentsofamf.org
National Student Partnerships (Now called LIFT) – This organization is dedicated to combating poverty throughout U.S. communities by getting college students involved. Trained student advocates work side by side with low-income people in the community to address immediate daily needs unique to their situation and chart a sustainable path out of poverty. Check out the organization’s website for a great video that explains who they are and where they are heading. www.nspnet.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students (Kochanek et al., 2002)? AFSP is the leading national organization dedicated exclusively to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy. AFSP has developed a film called “The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College” as a commitment to support colleges and universities in implementing suicide prevention services on campus. The film aims to present a recognizable picture of depression and other problems associated with suicide among college students and other young adults. www.afsp.org
UniversalGiving – UniversalGiving helps college students travel over their spring break or summer vacation to more than 70 countries across the world to volunteer. Students and student groups can choose from 290 different customized opportunities for giving, such as Education & Literacy or Health & Human Services. This program puts resources in places where there is a tremendous need while providing college kids with valuable, hands-on experience helping others, building self-confidence and increasing awareness of humanitarian needs across the globe. www.UniversalGiving.org