Texas Tobacco-Free Conference July 21 – 23, 2024

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 designs 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.

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2024 Conference Details

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The Say What! Conference offers a variety of opportunities for all youth groups working on tobacco prevention related issues, tobacco-free policies, and other projects that may be occurring in the school or community.

 

Youth participants will be able to select a track based on their tobacco prevention knowledge and experiences leading awareness activities. Each track includes breakout sessions from Say What! Teen Ambassadors, Say What! youth groups, and experts from diverse fields discussing a range of tobacco and vaping prevention, addiction, youth leadership, and youth advocacy topics.

 

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

 

Sponsors and other adult participants will be able to attend specialized sessions that focus on youth-adult partnerships and developing teen leaders. Sponsors and adult participants who are brand new to Say What! will also be able to attend an info session to learn more about the Say What! program, resources offered, and the best way to get involved in the movement.

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Day 1 - Sunday

Conference Check-In & Games

Opening Session

Dinner & Hotel Check-In

Evening Session & Activities

 

 

 

Breakfast

Morning Session & Track Breakouts

Lunch

Afternoon Session & Skills Building Breakouts

Project Planning

Dinner

Evening Session

Luau Night! Evening Games & Activities

 

 

 

Breakfast

Closing Session & Activities

Conference Ends

Boxed Lunches To Go

1 - 4pm

4 - 5:30pm

5:30 - 7:30pm

7:30 - 10pm

 

 

 

8 - 9am

9am - 12pm

12 - 1pm

1 - 4:30pm

4:30 - 5:30pm

6 - 7pm

7:15 - 8:15pm

8:15 - 10pm

 

 

 

8 - 9am

9am - 12pm

12pm

Day 2 - Monday

Day 3 - Tuesday

Dates & Venue

Sunday, July 21- Tuesday, July 23

 

DoubleTree by Hilton Austin

6505 N IH 35

Austin, TX 78752

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Registration for youth groups to attend the Say What! Conference is $425 per person and includes conference fees, lodging and all meals and snacks, access to hotel amenities, parking, a conference t-shirt, and conference materials and supplies. Conference staff work with hotel staff to arrange lodging for conference participants.

 

For adult participants who are interested in attending the conference without a youth group, please contact staff to confirm space is available as well as the conference registration fee.

Each participant must complete a registration form and submit a signed copy of the
Emergency Contacts and Medical Release Form to staff at TxSayWhat@txstate.edu. Registration closes
May 31, 2024.

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Group scholarships to attend conference for free are available for school and community-based youth groups. Scholarships cover the costs associated with conference registration, lodging and all meals and snacks, access to hotel amenities, parking, and conference t-shirts, materials, and supplies.

 

Only the Lead Adult Sponsor for the group should submit an application.
To apply for a scholarship, the following requirements must be met:

 

   • Youth group must be a registered Say What! Member Group

   • Must be a youth group with both youth and adults

   • Youth must be going into 6th-12th grade

   • Everyone must reside in Texas

 

Applications closed on May 1, 2024. Notifications will be emailed by May 15, 2024.

Conference Scholarships
Cancellation & Replacement Policies

If you need to cancel your registration, contact staff at TxSayWhat@txstate.edu or at 512-245-7652.

 

A $50 processing fee will be applied for any cancellations after June 30, 2024, and no refunds will be processed after
July 14, 2024.

 

Same gender substitutions will be accepted at any time; however, different gender substitutions must be made by
 Friday, June 14, 2024.

 

If a group has any no-shows without same gender substitutions, the group will be billed $100 per no-show.

 

 

If you have any questions, contact us at

877-304-2727 or TxSayWhat@txstate.edu

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Phone

Toll Free: 877.304.2727

Local: 512.245.8082

Mailing Address

Texas School Safety Center

ATTN: Say What Program

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.