Youth Council.

One of the most effective ways of reducing teen smoking and vaping is changing the norm among young people through peer-to-peer outreach. At Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i (CTFH), we’re working with youth advocates to reframe tobacco use as the “uncool” exception, not the rule. Not only do we work with dedicated young people through our Youth Council to lead peer-to-peer presentations in their community and organize awareness events, we also fight for policy change at the local and state level.

The Youth Council is made up of a group of young leaders in high school or college that are ready to FIGHT back against Big Tobacco. It is important to protect youth and young adults from tobacco marketing, initiation, and use and who better to lead this effort than those most affected, our youth! This group of students creates their own goals and strategies and implements them with the support of CTFH and Hawai‘i Public Health Institute staff. The Youth Council is statewide, so students from all islands are welcome to join. Each member serves a one-year renewable term representing their school and community.

Youth Council members are expected to:

  • Attend all major Youth Council events
    • Legislative Workshop –  Saturday, Sept. 15th
    • Leadership Retreat and Strategy Session – Saturday, Oct. 27th
    • Kick Butts Day – Wednesday, March 20th
  • Complete the online “Taking Down Tobacco” training prior to the Sept. Workshop
  • Commit to delivering or assisting in the delivery of at least one peer-to peer presentation
  • Organizing one awareness activity at their school or in their community

To apply, please e-mail our Youth Coordinator, Scott Stensrud, at scott@hiphi.org with your name, school, grade level and contact information. Applications to the YC are accepted year-round.

KICK BUTTS DAY IS TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON.

Ready to jump in? Have questions?

OUR YOUTH COORDINATOR WILL GET BACK TO YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.