Members of Citizen U present their own PSA

By Conor Mooney

Members of Citizen U present their own PSA

August 15, 2013 Updated Aug 16, 2013 at 12:20 AM EST

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Ten percent of all high school students experience at least some type of physical violence from their dating partner.

In an effort to combat that number, members of Citizen U presented a Public Service Announcement they produced at their graduation ceremony at Cornell Cooperative Extension in the town of Dickinson.

The PSA highlighted the importance of establishing healthy relationships early in life.

Members said early dating experiences can set a precedent for relationships later on.

Officials said the goal of the program is to identify a problem in the community and try to address it.

That's where the PSA came in.

The members of Citizen U worked on the 30-second PSA for months.

"It's not what comes out on TV, it's all the things that are happening behind the scenes in production. There's lighting, there's placement, there's story boarding. It was frustrating for them to get through those pieces, but once they did and they see that finished product, we've given them careers to move into," said Vicki Giarratano, director of the Citizen U project.

Sixteen people graduated, and another session for Citizen U will begin in the fall.

The video can be viewed by clicking here