Changing how Texans view tobacco prevention
2023 Virtual Action Summits
If you missed the opportunity to join us in-person this summit season, there’s still an opportunity to hear from the Say What! Teen Ambassadors. This year’s virtual summit will discuss the increasing dangers of vape products, the harmful health effects on those who vape and those exposed to secondhand and thirdhand aerosol, free resources to help a friend quit, and how you can join the fight against Big Tobacco.
Register today to attend the premier on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
2023 Say What! Conference
The Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference is a multiday, action-packed conference led by the Say What! Teen Ambassadors and is designed for 6th - 12th grade youth groups. Conference provides youth the opportunity to network with likeminded people from across the state, learn more about the dangers of vaping and other commercialized tobacco products to help advance their tobacco prevention advocacy and much more! Dates are July 23 – 26, 2023
in Austin, TX.
Apply to be a Say What! Teen Ambassador
Do you have a passion for influencing your friends and peers to live healthy lifestyles? Do you enjoy meeting new people and working with youth who want to create a healthier generation and environment? Do you want to serve as the youth voice for Texas and help educate communities about the dangers of commercialized tobacco products and the tobacco industry’s misinformation about vaping? Then, apply to be a Say What! Teen Ambassador to help protect Texans from Big Tobacco!
Applications are due
Wednesday, August 9, 2023.
SEE THE CHANGE!
We all know using tobacco and nicotine products are bad. Maybe you know someone who uses a tobacco or nicotine product and you wish they would stop. Or, you just want to be a leader and make a difference in your school or community. Whether you’re looking to create change locally, statewide, or nationally, let Say What! show you how to get started.
LEARN about Say What!
GET THE FACTS about tobacco prevention
Now that you have the foundation of youth tobacco prevention,
you’re ready for next steps… it’s time to Speak Up!!
MAKE THE CHANGE!
SPREAD the Message
Use social media to share what you’ve learned or repost Say What! graphics, videos, and messages to educate your peers. Connect with your local media to submit press releases about events your group is hosting or a letter to editor discussing the importance of youth tobacco prevention for your school, community, and state. Create a PSA for your local radio station or school TV channel.
REQUEST a Mini-Grant kit
Say What! mini-grant kits are the perfect way to educate and bring awareness to your school and community. These FREE projects in a box contain fun and engaging items to help youth groups implement their best project yet!
ADVOCATE for your community
Say What! offers free Action Summits across the state as well as an annual conference to educate and train youth and adults to get involved in tobacco prevention. Our events are designed for all participants to become a tobacco prevention advocate with their school and community in mind.
BE THE CHANGE!
You know the facts, you’ve led a project or two, attended a Say What! event and just maybe consider yourself the “go to person” about tobacco prevention. Now, it’s time do the same for your state!
ACTIVATE change in Texas
One of the most impactful things you can do to protect friends, family, and community members from the harmful effects of tobacco and nicotine products is to advocate for policy change. Policy advocacy is about using your voice in the fight against tobacco because your voice activates change.
BECOME a Say What!
If you’re passionate about tobacco prevention, protecting Texans from tobacco industry manipulation and deception, and love being a leader, we want you to apply to become a Say What! Teen Ambassador. Ambassadors serve as the youth voice for youth tobacco prevention in their community, the state of Texas, and beyond!
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Texas State University
601 University Drive
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.