Choose Respect Montgomery:
Raising Awareness about Teen Dating Violence

The 2019 Choose Respect Montgomery Conference provides middle and high school students with information about healthy and unhealthy relationships, tips to help a friend, and available resources to get help in the event of trauma. MCPS is offering two new programs this year called, "Coaching Boys into Men" and "Athletes as Leaders." These sessions will review strategies, scenarios, and resources used to teach student athletes about healthy and respectful relationships on and off the field.

Hundreds of students and parents attended the 2018 Choose Respect Conference to talk about healthy dating and relationships and to learn ways to prevent teen dating violence. The conference included live music, raffle prizes, concert tickets, trampoline park tickets, gift cards and lots of pizza!  Listen to what people had to say about last year's conference.


2019 Choose Respect PSA Contest

Write it, Film it, Submit it!

Want a chance to win $1,000? Team up with your friends in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and create a video that promotes attention to dating abuse. Winners will receive cash prizes, the opportunity to have their PSA broadcast locally, and recognition for their school. The contest is now open! Show us what you got!

2018 Choose Respect PSA Contest Winners:

  • First Place: "Text Me Back, K?" by Chase Kahn and Sean White from Wootton HS
  • Second Place: "Triad" by Saul Singleton, Lily Daroff, Anna Stewart, Aubrey Lay, Conner White, Luke Tittle, Ally Nalibotsky and Sarah Baldino from the Tryka Film Coalition
  • Third Place: "Isolation" by David Do, Avery Gledhill & Anh Cao from Sherwood HS
  • Honorable Mention & Fan Favorite: "I'm Fine." by Harry Song from Richard Montgomery HS
  • Honorable Mention: "Because He Told Me So" by Jessica Theis & Maddie Graham of Girl Scouts of America

Student Instructions and Timeline for the 2019 Choose Respect PSA Contest

Create A PSA Now – March 8, 2019 PSA Contest Rules
PSA Submissions Due March 8, 2019 Submit PSA
RSVP to attend the Choose Respect Conference at Richard Montgomery HS on April 7, 2019 (12:30 - 4:30 pm) Now – April 6, 2019 RSVP link
Attend the Choose Respect Conference at Richard Montgomery HS April 7, 2019
12:30 - 4:30 pm
SSL hours will be earned by students who attend and participate.
MCPS will provide SSL verification forms at the conclusion of the event.

School Instructions and Timeline for the 2019 Choose Respect PSA Contest

Submit the Choose Respect liaison contact information Friday, February 15, 2019 Choose Respect Liaison link
Advertise the Choose Respect PSA contest information Now – March 8, 2019 PSA Contest Rules
Advertise the Choose Respect Conference Now – April 7, 2019 Flyer 1 / Flyer 2
Students view and vote on PSAs Monday, March 25, 2019 – Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Choose Respect liaisons and secondary school principals create a plan for all students to access, view, and vote for the PSAs by the close of school on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Secondary school principals submit their attestation that the students in their school have viewed and voted on the PSAs. Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Attestation link