What is SAY WHAT! ???

Say What! stands for Students, Adults and Youth Working Hard Against Tobacco! and was created by Texas youth to connect everyone working towards reducing tobacco use throughout the Lone Star State. Youth leaders saw a need to unify the various, and typically disconnected, tobacco prevention efforts statewide aimed at protecting Texans from the harmful effects of tobacco. The Say What! movement provides an umbrella organization to connect, learn, share and inspire others to make a positive difference in their schools and communities!


Through a contract with the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University, the Say What! movement is funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services.


Say What! believes in youth-adult partnerships, provides a connection between all youth-focused prevention efforts across the state, and allows students to be part of something beyond their own communities. By making the most of the resources youth groups already have, the Say What! movement complements already existing tobacco prevention resources while providing a unifying message and brand to connect the work being done to make Texas tobacco-free!

Say What! Teen Ambassadors (TAs) are high school students passionate about reducing tobacco use locally, statewide and nationally, and are selected under the advisement of TxSSC staff. Say What! TAs actively lead tobacco prevention efforts in their own communities on a regular basis, create and lead the regional leadership summits held each Spring, as well as the annual Say What! Tobacco-Free Leadership Conference each July!



Jennifer Steele

Associate Director of Tobacco Prevention Services

Joined 2000


Kathleen Bates

Program Manager
 Joined 2015


Megan Miller

Prevention Specialist
 Joined 2018


Lindy Narvaiz

Contract Specialist
Joined 2000


Cody Long

Video Production Specialist

 Joined 2012



Youth leadership is essential to the success of the Say What! movement, but without the vision, resources and support of the following groups, Say What! and youth tobacco prevention in Texas would not be what it is today.



The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)is the primary funding resource of the Say What! movement and supports the vision and philosophy behind empowering young people to lead the way towards a healthier, tobacco-free Texas.


Texas School Safety Center

The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) at Texas State University is responsible for fulfilling the directives set out by DSHS and their mission to improve health and well-being in Texas. TxSSC staff coordinate all Say What!-sponsored regional and statewide events and aim to educate and train adults and students throughout Texas to make their own schools and communities safer and healthier for everyone.

Partners & Founders

SAYWHAT! | Live Tobacco-free

Say What! EST. 2011

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Toll Free: 877.304.2727

Local: 512.245.8082

Mailing Address

415 North Guadalupe - #164

San Marcos, TX 78666

Say What! was created and designed by young people from across Texas and connects students interested in eliminating tobacco from their schools and communities. The Say What! movement is funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services through a contract with the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University.