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CTFH Youth Council Interns Continue to Raise the Bar

The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai’i’s Youth Council has been blessed with some amazing interns over the past few years. The students choose an aspect of the work the Coalition does that most interests them and create a project around it. These projects have ranged from Instagram educational campaigns to large-scale awareness efforts and everything in between. The majority of these students go well beyond the required hours of their practicum spending a full year involved with the Youth Council. This greatly expands what the Youth Council can achieve, while at the same time providing students with hands-on experience in the field. 

Intern Theresa Ng was recently recognized at the CTFH Stakeholders Meeting with the ‘A‘a Award, which is presented to an individual who has made a significant or outstanding personal contribution of volunteer time to the Coalition and to furthering tobacco control efforts in the community. Theresa joined the Youth Council in 2021 prior to starting her Applied Learning Experience and has continued to play a vital role well beyond the completion of her required hours. 

Often working in the background, Theresa helped provide opportunities for our high school members to shine in the public by coordinating presentations for them with community groups across the state where they presented on the Council’s policy priorities. She helped plan and lead statewide training meetings as well as facilitated biweekly leadership meetings during much of her time with the Council. Upon graduation, she will be working as Senator Chang’s Committee Clerk at the State Capitol.

Intern Christine Nguyen joined the Youth Council this past year. Her area of interest was peer-to-peer education. She helped plan and lead a very successful  Youth Council Kickoff event and Take Down Tobacco training for 20 Youth Council members this Fall.  Several of the students she helped train have gone on to do presentations at their schools and in their communities on Oahu and the Island of Hawai‘i. Christine has presented to middle school students as well as respiratory therapist students herself, directly and indirectly helping to educate 100’s of youth on the dangers of tobacco use.

Theresa Ng and Christine Nguyen are graduating from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health this month. They are pictured here with their senior capstone projects from their Applied Learning Experience along with their advisor Lisa Kehl. Lisa Kehl serves as the Practicum Coordinator at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Office of Public Health Studies. For more information about the CTFH Youth Council please visit https://www.hiphi.org/youth or contact Scott Stensrud at scott@hiphi.org

Scott Stensrud, MA

Scott Stensrud, MA

Statewide Youth Coordinator
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