Tobacco-Free Conference

July 28 - 31, 2019

GET READY TO #LIVETHELIFE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) recognize the importance of the role that youth play in creating lasting, positive changes concerning tobacco prevention and control.

 

To this end, the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University has designed the Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference to be the most engaging, fun and effective experience in helping youth and adults find their passion for tobacco prevention and living a healthy, tobacco-free life!

 

Not only do participants discover their true calling to protect their friends and family members from the

dangers of tobacco and nicotine products, but they also learn cutting edge strategies, information, and tools and techniques on youth leadership and prevention from

some of the country’s greatest experts in the field of tobacco prevention.

 

Scroll down to see what the 2019 Say What! Conference will offer this year. Then, register your youth group so

they can design a plan to help both youth and adult participants make a difference in their homes, schools

and communities!

Location

Agenda

The Say What! Conference offers a variety of opportunities to get the most out of one of the best youth advocacy and leadership events in the country for all youth groups working on tobacco-free policies, tobacco prevention related issues, and other projects that may be occurring in the school or community.

AGENDA OVERVIEW

SUNDAY

2-6pm..................Conference Check-In

6-7pm..................Networking Dinner

7-10:30pm...........Opening Session & Activities

 

MONDAY

8-9am..................Breakfast

9am-12pm...........Breakout Sessions begin

12-1pm................Lunch

1-2:30pm.............Breakout Sessions continue

2:30-5pm.............Project Tracks begin

5-10pm................Dinner/Movie & Game Night

 

TUESDAY

8-9am..................Breakfast

9am-12pm...........Breakout Sessions continue

12-1pm................Lunch

1-2:30pm.............Breakout Sessions conclude

2:30-5pm.............Project Tracks conclude

6:30-7:30pm........Dinner

7:30-10pm...........Talent Show/After Party

 

WEDNESDAY

8-9am..................Breakfast

9-11am................Closing Session

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

This year’s Conference will offer a variety of main sessions and breakout sessions for both youth and adults. Participants will hear from Say What! Teen Ambassadors, Say What! youth groups, and experts from diverse fields discussing:

• History and evolution of tobacco prevention

• Basics of tobacco products with a focus on JUUL

• Addiction to tobacco and other drugs such as
  marijuana

• How to advertise your youth group and tobacco
   prevention efforts

• An inside look at working at the Texas Capitol

PROJECT TRACKS

Youth groups will also choose a project planning track to help them create and plan a tobacco prevention project for their school or community.

 

Project track options include:

1. Enforcement: Youth groups will hear from law enforcement and how they conduct tobacco related inspections, a Say What! youth group that conducts store alerts and undercover stings, and how to plan your own store alert activities and connect to your local law enforcement.

 

2. Community Engagement & Promotion: Youth groups will plan a project that increases community awareness about tobacco prevention and strategically promotes your efforts. Participants will learn how to network and connect with local organizations to establish relationships and create a campaign to promote your youth group within your community.

 

3. Education: As youth tobacco prevention advocates, youth groups will learn about the importance of education and interactive learning. Participants will plan a project focused on educating peers and other youth and community members about the harmful effects of tobacco and nicotine through presentations and activities.

 

HOW CAN YOUR GROUP ATTEND?

1) Request a GROUP SCHOLARSHIP

Group Scholarship applications are now available.

2) Register your group and pay

Conference registration is now open. Register your youth group today!

 

Conference registration is $450 per person.

2018 Say What! Conference Highlights

Registration includes:

• 4 days/3 nights hotel (multiple occupancy)

• All meals & snacks from Sun PM - Wed AM

• Conference t-shirt

• Conference materials & supplies

July 28 - 31, 2019

Location: Embassy Suites Hotel Conference Center

Registration

If you have any questions, contact us at

877-304-2727 or TxSayWhat@txstate.edu

 

We hope to see your group at the 2019 Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference at the

Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center on July 28 - 31, 2019!

SAYWHAT! | Live Tobacco-free

The Say What! Conference will be held at  Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in San Marcos, TX.

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Phone

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.