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Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) & the Protecting Health And Slamming Tobacco (PHAST Youth Coalition)The purpose of the Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program is to prevent or reduce student tobacco use and nicotine addiction through tobacco-specific, evidence-informed educational instruction and activities that build knowledge, social skills, and youth development assets.  TUPE funding originates from tobacco tax revenue and provides prevention programs in grades six through twelve.

The Stanislaus County Office of Education provides technical assistance and direct services to school districts to develop and implement effective, comprehensive tobacco prevention education programs. Support provided to local education agencies (LEAs) includes:  

  • Assistance with the tobacco-free school district certification process.
  • Provide technical assistance and direct services for comprehensive tobacco use prevention education programs, including curriculum, intervention, and youth development programing such as the Protecting Health And Slamming Tobacco (PHAST) Youth Coalition.  
  • Support strategies to eliminate tobacco-related disparities within the county.
  • Encourage and support cessation efforts by students and school staff.  
  • Provide countywide professional development for staff.
  • Assist with planning educational and engagement opportunities for parents and families.  
  • Support California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) administration, data analysis, and communication.  

The Stanislaus County TUPE Programs is a partnership of 22 school districts. Participating school districts are:

Ceres Unified School District
Patterson Joint Unified School District
Denair Unified School District
Riverbank Unified School District
Empire Union School District
Roberts Ferry School District
Gratton School District
Salida Union School District
Hickman Community Charter District
Shiloh School District
Hughson Unified School District
Stanislaus County Office of Education
Keyes Union School District
Stanislaus Union School District
Knights Ferry School District
Sylvan Union School District
Modesto City Schools District
Turlock Unified School District
Newman-Crowslanding Unified School District
Valley Home Joint School District
Paradise Elementary School District
Waterford Unified School District

 

       To learn more about TUPE programing statewide, visit www.tupeca.org.​  

In Stanislaus County an innovative model of collaboration and connection was developed in 2005 to enhance the youth development component within the TUPE programming. The Protecting Health and Slamming Tobacco (PHAST) Program strives to be a youth coaliton respected statewide for our active and enthusiastic programs that educate our peers on the dangers of tobacco use, and counter pro tobacco influences through our empowered community advocacy.

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1100 H Street
Modesto, CA 95354
(209) 238-1563
(209) 238-4252 Fax
PHAST@stancoe.org

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What is PHAST?

PHAST— pronounced "fast"— is a youth coalition dedicated to Protecting Health And Slamming Tobacco by organizing peer education and advocacy projects in schools and communities across Stanislaus County. PHAST is a joint project between the Stanislaus County Office of Education TUPE Program, the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency Tobacco Education Program, & Memorial Medical Center.  Founded in 2005 with chapters at Ceres, Oakdale, Orestimba and Pitman high schools.  ​Today, the coalition boosts more than 900 student members from 29 high schools, 30 middle/junior high schools and 10 elementary schools. 

Our youth coalition is centered on the youth development and resiliency principles of Bonnie Bernard.  We believe that students who have caring relationships, high expectations and opportunities for meaningful participation will be able to not only be resilient in their lives but are equip to make lasting change in our community.   Our program gives each student that opportunity.   

 PHAST is the youth development vehicle that empowers youth, helps youth use their voice, ensures lasting change in our community and creates the next generation of nicotine-free advocates.  

PHAST Program Goals

The PHAST Program is dedicated to fostering greater public awareness of the dangers of tobacco use while also providing an opportunity for members to participate in school and community activities designed to promote healthy lifestyles. The program's goal is to aggressively educate students through peer presentations, campus activities and various tobacco-use prevention campaigns such as Red Ribbon Week. There are 69 active high school, middle/junior high school and elementary youth councils in Stanislaus County. Through these clubs, youth will acquire and apply valuable leadership skills, interact with experts in the areas of community service and tobacco education and establish relationships with a diverse group of peers.

Build Peer Tobacco Education Skills by Participating in Training Events

For example: PHAST/PHASTjv members and advisors are invited to attend the annual trainings held at the beginning of each school year. In September, the PHASTjv Boot Tobacco Camp is held with 250 middle/junior high school members in attendance and in October, the PHAST Tobacco Slam Training is held with 250 high school members in attendance.  Members receive training on tobacco 101, emerging trends, creating Public Service Announcements, organizing campus/community activity planning, how to be an advocate and much more.

​Conduct Tobacco Prevention Education Activities  

For example: Tobacco Prevention Education Campaigns held on campuses annually.  Red Ribbon Week in October, Great American Smoke-out in November, Escape the Vape in January,  Through with Chew in February and Take Down Tobacco in April. PHAST clubs are tasked with educating their peers through campus tabling events, morning announcements, relays, contests, rallies and much  more.

Conduct Community Advocacy Activities to Promote Nicotine-free Living

For example: The Tobacco Waste Cleanups conducted by the PHAST Coalition have collected more than 60,000 pieces of tobacco waste in parks across the county. We use the tobacco waste collected as data to raise awareness about the problem of smoking/vaping in parks. On average we collect over 80 pieces of tobacco waste per volunteer hour.  The PHAST members in Patterson, Modesto, Turlock & Hughson had a direct hand in assisting these cities to pass policies to ban smoking/vaping in parks and keep our community clean, safe and healthy.

Participating High Schools
Adelante
High School
Modesto
High School
Argus
High School
Orestimba 
High School
Beyer
High School
Open Valley
Independent Study
Central Valley
High School
Petersen Alternative
Center for Education 
Ceres
High School
Patterson 
High School
Davis 
High School
Pitman
High School
Denair 
High School
Riverbank 
High School  
Denair Charter 
Academy
Roselawn 
High School
Del Puerto 
High School
Stanislaus Military 
Academy (SMA)
Downey
High School
Sentinel 
High School
Elliott 
High School
Turlock 
High School
Enochs 
High School
Waterford 
High School
Gregori 
High School
West Valley
High School
Hughson 
High School
Whitmore 
Charter
Johansen 
High School
 
     
Participating Middle/Junior High Schools
Blaker-Kinser
Junior  High School
Prescott
Junior High School
Cardozo
Middle School
Riverbank
Language Academy
Cesar Chavez
Junior High School
Roosevelt
Junior High School
Creekside
Middle School
Ross
Middle School
Denair
Charter Academy
Salida
Middle School
Denair
Middle School
Savage
Middle School
Dutcher
Middle School
Somerset
Middle School
Glick
Middle School
Spratling
Middle School
Great Valley
Academy
Tactical Character
Academy (TCA)
Hanshaw
Middle School
Tuolumne
Elementary School
La Loma
Junior High School
Turlock Junior 
High School
Mae Hensley
Junior High School
Ustack
Middle School
Mark Twain
Junior High School
Waterford Junior 
High School
Open Valley
Independent Study
Whitmore
Charter
Patricia K. Beaver
Leadership Magnet School
Yolo
Middle School
     
PHAST Recruits
Participating Elementary Schools
Agnes Baptist
Elementary School
Las Palmas
Elementary School
Apricot Valley 
Elementary School
Mary Lou Dietrich
Elementary School
Chrysler
Elementary School
Northmead
Elementary School
Eisenhut
Elementary School
Stanislaus
Elementary School
Grayson
Elementary School
Walnut Grove
Elementary School