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Working with elected officials may seem scary, but they truly enjoy hearing from youth advocates and learning about the topics they are passionate about. Young people can drive innovation in policy by injecting new ideas and solutions into the policy process.


Often, people think of elected officials as Senators, Representatives, and Congressmen and women; however, numerous local positions are elected as well. City council members, mayors, judges, superintendents, and sheriffs are all elected to their office.


There are so many opportunities to voice your opinions and concerns about youth tobacco prevention at the local and state level and building a relationship at these levels is easy and important. Youth advocacy efforts show a support network that can change policies or programs, highlight a public health issue like tobacco, provide solutions, and build public support.


Activity Section

Craft your Pitch

Crafting your pitch is the most important part of communicating your opinions and thoughts to policymakers.


Download the Developing Your Pitch Template to perfect your tobacco prevention messaging.

Start a Conversation

Building a relationship with decision-makers is the most important step to show you’re serious about preventing youth tobacco use.


Download the Building Relationships Guide and Template to send your meeting request.

Advocate for Youth
Tobacco Prevention

Are you ready to take the ultimate step in youth advocacy? Do you know a tobacco prevention policy worth fighting for?

Download the Informing Decision-Makers Guide to develop your cause for support and then contact your elected official through email, phone, or social media.

Social Media
Broadcasting and Print
Elected Officials
Photovoice Project
More Downloadable Resources:

For more downloadable resources, power point presentations, fact sheets, signage and guides & activities visit the Downloadable Resources page.

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SAYWHAT! | Live Tobacco-free


Say What! EST. 2011






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.