Kristian Alfonso and John J. York Featured in "Skip the Drama" PSAs

Kristian Alfonso
A national PSA campaign hopes that – for 37 million Americans – that includes getting a diploma.

Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady, Days of our Lives) and John J. York (Mac Scorpio, General Hospital) are helping to address this issue with two fun new public service ads (PSAs) produced with the Ad Council.

The ads draw a humorous parallel between the drama of a soap opera and the drama of not having a high school equivalency credential.

John J. York
The High School Equivalency campaign encourages young adults without a high school diploma to take the first steps toward a better future by signing up for free adult education classes in their area. More than 37 million adults in America do not have a high school diploma. Data shows that adults without a diploma tend to work multiple jobs in the least stable positions, earn less money than high school graduates, and experience a lower quality of life. The PSAs encourage viewers to “skip the drama” and earn their high school equivalency.

Watch the "Skip the Drama" ads below:

Watch the English and Spanish-language PSAs and read more about the creators of the “Skip the Drama” campaign at There are also tons of great resources – including a ZIP code-based test prep center locator, stories of inspiration and FAQs.

The campaign’s Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages are also great places to get info on high school equivalency tests (mixed in with some more fun).

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