Siobhan Stewart is a talented script writer, and she’s been kind enough to share her talents with us here at Wearable Therapy. Her work with us includes writing the scripts for Empowering Youth, The Power of Saying No, and Teen Addiction, all of which are issues that lie close to our hearts. Her contribution has made a big difference in the world, helping teens in need of guidance. It’s a great example of someone giving back to the community, and is why she’s being featured as one of our stories of giving. Here’s a look at what she does, how she does it, and why she does it. Be sure to check out her work in the videos below:

How were these assignments different to your regular work?

They were more socially conscious. Most of my work is about selling products, not raising awareness, so it was nice to feel like I was making more of a positive impact with my time.

Why do you feel that you were the right person for this project?

I am interested in the issues–I work with young people every day, and I know how important it is to reach out to them.

What was the challenge of this project?

It was challenging to create a clear message that would resonate with people without being overly dramatic. At the same time I didn’t want to underplay the issues. Finding that balance was hard.

Video #1: Empowering Youth

What would you say in the message of this video in one sentence?

Self-advocacy and self-confidence are crucial skills to develop.

Who is the intended audience for this video?

Teens, disenfranchised persons, foster kids, everyone.

What do you believe are the factors that contribute to teens at risk losing their confidence/not having the ability to cope with saying no?

Upbringing, past experiences, abuse, low self esteem.

Why do you believe that this message is important?

There are so many people out there who need help; awareness is important if we want to make a difference.

In terms of writing and animation, what was your process in creating the character of Jenny?

I wanted her to be relatable for both victims and others.

What do you hope will come out of the creation of this video?

Increased awareness of the issues.

Why did you choose to make Jenny look different than the other characters?

She needed to be set apart.

Is there anything else that you would like people to know about this video?

Watch it with an empathetic mind.

Do you have any connection to this issue? Can you relate with Jenny in any way?

We all have our own battles to fight and overcome. Mine not look like Jenny’s in the details, but I still struggle with conflict and growth- it’s the human experience.

Video #2: Teen Addiction

What was your process of writing the script for Jessica’s story?

I wanted to create a believable and relatable scenario for the audience to understand why Jessica made the choices that she did.

What was the most surprising thing that you learned through working on this story?

I guess I wasn’t surprised so much as saddened to be reminded of how widespread these issues are and how slow the healing process is.

Could you personally relate to Jessica’s story in any way?

Sure, I care about fitting in and being with a group of people who support me. But I didn’t go down the same path she felt she had to to achieve those things.

Do you feel that addiction/drug use is a problem that affects the average teen today?

Absolutely. And it’s so sad.

Video #3: Teenage Addiction and the Truth Behind It

How did you develop the characters of Jason and Jennifer in animation and writing?

I wanted them to be realistic representations of teens.

Why do you believe that so many teens are trying drugs like cocaine today?

Broken homes, broken relationships, gateway drugs, depression…so many factors.

Can you identify with either of these stories in any way?

I have never had such a strong addiction to a substance, but I can relate to them on a human level.

Who is the intended audience for this video?

Youths…and everyone:)

Why is this an important subject to you to get the message out about?

This is happening in our communities and it doesn’t have to. It’s completely preventable. We aren’t talking about earthquakes and hurricanes, we are talking about choices. We are talking about our youth.

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