Dr. Peter DeBenedittis Introductions
Dr. Peter DeBenedittis speaks to thousands of students and trains hundreds of teachers across America each year about media literacy. He has consulted to the White House Office on Drug Control Policy, and been featured on CBS television program 48 Hours. Please welcome, Peter D.
Dr. Peter DeBenedittis speaks to thousands of students and trains hundreds of teachers across America each year about media literacy. Having previously run political campaigns, Peter D. now uses his advertising knowledge to educate for prevention rather than seduce for profits. Dr. D. has consulted to the White House Office on Drug Control Policy, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Medical Association, and the National Cancer Institute. The CBS program 48 Hours featured his alcohol prevention work. He is the author of several widely used educational curricula teaching media education. Please welcome, Peter D.
Letter of Agreement
EducationPh.D. in Speech-Communication in 1992 from the Pennsylvania State University. Areas of study include Media and Child Development and the Political Uses of Media.
Keynote Presentation Highlights
- 2010 Florida State Prevention Conference
- 2006 First Lady of Oklahoma’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on Internet Safety
- 2005 Southeast Regional College Heath Association Conference
- 2004 National Governors Association, Spouses Luncheon
- 2004 National Association of Student Assistance Professionals Conference
- 2002 National Alcohol Boards of Control Conference
- State wide prevention, education, and child health conferences in over 30 states, including Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, Centers for Substance Abuse Prevention, Student Assistance Professionals, Mother's Against Drunk Driving, and American Medical Association Medical Reporting Conferences. Keynoted at Youth Prevention Rallies in over 20 states.
MaterialsAuthor of Alcohol Literacy Challenge Curricula—elementary through high School classroom lessons challenging alcohol expectancies. Adopted by School Districts and County DWI prevention programs across New Mexico. Author of nine volumes of Smarter Than Your Average Teen: A Media Literacy Curriculum addressing critical thinking, alcohol, tobacco, violence, nutrition, body image and parenting around media, which is used by state health departments and hundreds of school districts across America. The entire set was distributed state-wide in Montana and the tobacco volume state-wide in Alaska.
ConsultationsWhite House Office On Drug Control Policy (1998 Spider Man Tobacco Prevention Comic Book) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2000-2002 Governor’s Spouse Initiative underage drinking prevention program) Pew Charitable Trusts (2002 Center on Alcohol Marketing to Youth project) Centers for Disease Control (2004 Tobacco Counter Advertising Best Practices Manual) National Center for Family Literacy/Verizon Foundation Tech Savvy Awards—Judge (2007-9)
Selected Trainings GivenTrainer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership to Keep Youth Alcohol Free initiative, working with Governor's spouses in 29 states. Dozens of teacher in-services including schools districts in 10 states and Safe & Drug Free Schools sponsored workshops in New Mexico. Faculty for Media Literacy Teacher Catalyst Institute 4 day training offered by the New Mexico Media Literacy Project in 1998 & 1999. Highlights include:
- 2010 New Mexico Highway Traffic Safety Grantees
- 2007 National Center for Youth Issues training on Internet Safety at 4 sites across Tennessee
- 2006 Three week intensive-training/speaking tour for Montana Health Department training 200 educators in 4, 2-day sessions and speaking at 16 school assembly and community forums
- 2005 & 2007 Alaska statewide tobacco control grantees (2 days)
- 2005 Montana statewide drug prevention grantees (4 days)
- 2003 New York statewide alcohol prevention grantees (5 days)
- 2001 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation staff & guests
- Day trainings for state agencies and regional non-profits in over 25 states
Media RecognitionFeatured on CBS 48 Hours, Jan. 14th, 1999 for youth alcohol prevention work.
For Keynotes and WorkshopsI will bring my own computer. Please have the following:
- LCD projector with VGA connector cable
- Projection screen
- Microphone connected to sound system (Wireless lapel preferred. Hand held is OK)
- Audio connection from podium to sound system (1/8th inch male stereo plug)
- Power strip at podium
- Laser pointer
For School PresentationsI will travel with all the electronic equipment needed. Please have the following on site:
- Ability to dim lights in assembly hall
- Projection screen
- PA system
- Sturdy table for equipment.
Tax ID Information
Federal Tax ID: 85-0477900 New Mexico CRS Number: 02-460315-005 All materials sold in the state of New Mexico will be charged gross receipts tax, unless a tax exempt certificate is provided to Peter D. & Company, Inc. (Tax exempt certificates are not valid for services.)