NU coalition wins for anti-tobacco program |

NU coalition wins for anti-tobacco program

The California Youth Advocacy Network has designated the top youth coalitions in California for 2002.

The 2002 Youth Coalition Recognition Program rewards youth coalitions working to educate their local communities about tobacco use and affect change in tobacco policy.

One of the top winners of the 2002 Youth Coalition Recognition Program is the Y.O.U.T.H (Youth Opposing the Use of Tobacco for Health) coalition of Nevada Union High School.

Winners were selected by a panel that included both youth advocates as well as professionals in the tobacco prevention field.

Each winner is presented with both coalition and individual certificates of achievement, as well as gift certificates worth up to $150.

With the award money, the Nevada Union YOUTH coalition chose to make cards and purchase exercise balls to give to residents of the Bret Harte Retirement Inn in Grass Valley.

The YOUTH coalition members also enjoyed lunch at Cousin Jack’s Pasties and went bowling.

The selected youth coalitions were chosen based on their dedication and commitment to advocacy in their communities as demonstrated through projects, campaigns and activities.

The YOUTH activities included: The “Did You Know” campaign, where the coalition campaigned successfully to remove all products owned by Phillip Morris (such as Kraft, Nabisco, Post) from the school cafeteria and store.

This project was coordinated by Sydney North-Gerson as her senior project and the Youth Advanced Leadership Team made up of Marie Sobonya, Julie Lipson, Trey Webb and Miriam Drace.

This project involved research; training on logo and promotional item development; presentations to school administrators, the cafeteria manager and student government; and media presentations in the school newspaper and on KNCO Radio.

The students hosted a school-wide event at Nevada Union High School on World No Tobacco Day in May of 2002. They celebrated their accomplishments and continued working to educate the entire student body.

YOUTH member Julie Lipson was elected to the Parks and Recreation Board, Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest.

YOUTH members made numerous peer presentations at the high school, as well as at the elementary and middle schools.

The 2002 Youth Coalition Recognition Program is sponsored by the California Youth Advocacy Network, which is dedicated to supporting youth advocacy in tobacco prevention throughout California.

CYAN is funded by the Tobacco Tax Protection Act of 1998 – Proposition 99 – through the California Department of Health Services.

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