One of the most effective ways of reducing teen smoking rates and creating a tobacco-free generation is changing the norm among young people through peer-to-peer outreach. At Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i, we’ve been working with youth advocates for nearly two decades to reframe tobacco use as the “uncool” exception, not the rule.
Not only do we fight for policy change at the local and state level, we also work with dedicated young people through our Youth Council to make sure that young people are at the table helping to shape their future.
Are you are a high school or college student interested in a healthier Hawai`i? Interested in becoming a leader in tobacco prevention? Looking for volunteer hours, an internship, or ideas for school projects? The Youth Council could be right for you! We are looking for Hawai`i youth to raise awareness, protect other youth from tobacco, and urge legislators to take action.
The Youth Council will be made up of a group of young leaders in grades 9th-college level that are ready to FIGHT back against Big Tobacco. It is important to protect youth and young adults from tobacco marketing, initiation and use. This group of students will create their own goals for the year and learn how to lead their community. Students can be from any Hawaiian Island. Each member serves a 1-year term representing their school and community.
Students can be from any Hawaiian Island. Members attend at least three statewide events: Youth Retreat, Youth Policy Meeting, and Kick Butts Day. Other activities include monthly calls, beach clean ups, and peer education. Each member serves a 1-year term representing their school and community.
Applications for CTFH’s Youth Council are accepted on a rolling basis.