The PHASTjv Youth Council 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 25 active middle school and junior high youth councils in Stanislaus County. Through these councils, youths 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: the annual PHASTjv Boot Tobacco Camp Training where 250 middle and jr. high school students attend and 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 education activities
- For example: Campus 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. PHASTjv Youth Councils 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: Butt Hunts or Cigarette litter Cleanups. Our Youth Coalition has collected more than 60,000 butts in parks across the county. We use these butts as data to raise awareness about the problem of smoking in parks. On average we collect over 80 butts per volunteer hour.
Participating Middle and Junior High Schools:
Youth the power to stand together and become a powerful catalyst for change as they gain experience that makes them great leaders for tomorrow.
However, when a community stands together with them it further creates a force that has no limits, and builds youth into the great leaders of today.
The Stanislaus County PHAST Youth Coalition gives us the chance to experience this in person. Be a part of the future today, as we Protect Health and Slam Tobacco.
Protecting Health and Slam Tobacco by organizing peer education and advocacy projects in our schools, our communities, and throughout Stanislaus County, with creative and collaborative style.
PHASTjv strives to be a youth coalition 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.