The Texas School Safety Center hosts several regional Say What! Action Summits during the spring of each year. Summits utilize service learning to train 6th – 12th grade students in effective tobacco prevention activities aimed at reducing the harmful effects of tobacco, nicotine, and e-cigarette use in Texas.
Say What! Teen Ambassadors collaborate with Say What! staff to provide tobacco prevention education, teen leadership skill development, team building activities, and networking opportunities. Each Summit also includes a local community action event which each participant receives community services hours for.
Funding for the Say What! Action Summits comes from the Texas Department of State Health Services and allows TxSSC to offer this elite training and training materials completely FREE.
Summits are led by Say What! Teen Ambassadors who are select high school students from across Texas and have been trained to be statewide advocates for youth tobacco prevention.
Summit participants receive vaping prevention education, the opportunity to advance their advocacy skills, network and team build with other like-minded youth and adults and plan a tobacco prevention project for their school or community.
• A Summit Kit
• Commemorative shirts & lanyards
• Community Service Hours
• An opportunity to earn scholarships to attend the
Say What! Conference for free
• Breakfast & lunch
• A project planning workbook
• Peer-to-peer education
• An opportunity to connect with like-minded youth
The 2023 Virtual Summit featured the Say What! Teen Ambassadors discussing the evolution of vapes and the increasing level of danger of vaping on the body and those exposed to secondhand aerosol, how the tobacco industry continues to target youth, women, Hispanic/Latinx communities, and Black/African American communities.
Scroll down and click on the Virtual Summit button to watch the recording, download tips on creating a healthier wellbeing, and to access a variety of advocacy activities.
For this year's Red Ribbon Week watch the Say What! Teen Ambassadors discuss:
• Common myths and facts about vaping
• The impact of vaping tobacco and marijuana on our health
• The deceptive tactics the tobacco industry uses to
promote these types of products
• What advocates are doing to fight back
• How youth and adults can join the fight
Don’t forget to follow @TxSayWhat on social media.
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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.