The power of your voice can transform your school and community more than you know. The act of sharing your opinions, voicing your concerns, and informing others of your tobacco prevention efforts can create numerous opportunities for change.
So, we invite you to explore the power of your voice at your school and within your community through several engaging activities.
Vocalizing your tobacco prevention efforts at school is a great way to encourage your peers about living tobacco-free and educating everyone about the myths of vaping. Use the Morning Announcements Guide to share an interesting fact during your school’s morning announcements.
Have more to say? Then, write a letter to your school newspaper highlighting your opinions about Big Tobacco and Big Vape, your advocacy efforts airing out their dirty laundry, and words of encouragement for those who do vape to quit.
As youth tobacco prevention advocates, it’s important to continue your efforts within your community as well. Creating a relationship with your local media will help spread your messaging to the furthest parts of your community. Download the Media Interview Tip Sheet and take a look below at a few things you can do to promote your tobacco-free projects and events and share your advocacy work with community members.
A radio interview can be a great way to discuss your tobacco-free event and invite community members to attend. Use the Radio Interview Guide to invite your community to your event.
Letter to the Editor
A letter to the editor is typically sent to a newspaper or publication to notify them about current issues or concerns and is often published by a media platform. Use the Letter to the Editor Guide to express your concerns about vaping among youth to your local media or school newspaper.
A press release is used to help notify the media of any events that you have hosted that you would like to be covered by your local media. You can use the Press Release Guide to notify your local media about your groups tobacco prevention efforts.
A media advisory is used to help notify your local media of any upcoming events you would like them to attend. Host a pep rally or awareness project and use the Media Advisory Guide to invite your local news station to your event.
Example: Sharyland Pioneer Student Council-Vaping PSA
Create Your Public Service Announcement
Public service announcements (PSA) not only increase awareness about an attitude or behavior, but provide an opportunity to be creative. Take a look at a Say What! youth group’s PSA.
Download the Tobacco-Free PSA Guide and Workbook to create your own public service announcement today!
For more downloadable resources, power point presentations, fact sheets, signage and guides & activities visit the Downloadable Resources page.
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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.