Say What! Tobacco-Free
July 26 – 28, 2021
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 Virtual 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 Say What! Virtual Conference has to offer this year!
The Say What! Virtual 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.
What To Expect
Monday, July 26th &
Tuesday, July 27th
Wednesday, July 28th
This year’s Conference will offer several main sessions for both youth and adults on Monday and Tuesday. Participants will hear from Say What! Teen Ambassadors and youth groups as well as experts from diverse fields.
Conference will also feature:
- Celebrity guest appearances.
- Virtual teams competing for prizes.
- Updates from the Texas Capitol.
Conference will also include two separate sessions on Wednesday.
Adult & Sponsor Session: Adults and youth groups sponsors will have the opportunity to find their motivation and inspiration to continue empowering youth tobacco preventions efforts as we all gear up to return to school and work in-person.
TA Information Session: Youth going into 9th -11th grade who are interested in applying to become a Say What! Teen Ambassador will have the opportunity to learn about the application process and hear from TAs discuss what it means to be a Teen Ambassador.
Tobacco Prevention Project Planning
This year’s conference will have a second part solely dedicated to assisting youth groups plan and prepare to implement a youth tobacco prevention project of their choice. Youth groups will be able to register for a special one on one planning meeting with Teen Ambassadors and staff to assist you in your groups’ tobacco prevention efforts for your school and/or community.
Meetings will occur on Zoom and throughout the month of August 2021. Information on how to register for this exclusive opportunity will be available after Conference.
How to Participate
Host your own watch party! While we want to encourage safe social interactions, we also want you to join with your friends and family. Participating in this year’s virtual conference is as easy as logging into Zoom from home, work, or your youth group’s organization.
The Teen Ambassadors have created fun challenges and competitions you and your friends or family can participate in, so bring your competitive spirit for the opportunity to win exclusive Say What! swag.
Registration for the Say What! Virtual Conference is FREE! Each participant will receive the following materials in the mail:
- Commemorative Name Badge & Lanyard
- Conference T-Shirt & Patches
- Certificate of Attendance
The first 30 youth groups who register to host a watch party for the virtual conference will also receive an exclusive Virtual Conference Kit complete with limited edition Say What! gear like hats, bags, t-shirts, and more!
Registration closes July 5, 2021
If you have any questions, contact us at
877-304-2727 or TxSayWhat@txstate.edu
Toll Free: 877.304.2727
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.