Teenagers and young people are the most vulnerable pocket of the population across the country.
They are especially susceptible to peer and marketing pressures of for tobacco products. Tobacco companies have historically targeting the teenagers and youth in their marketing campaigns, as this demographic is considered their future and long term customers. The marketing is highly appealing to the young population and the ultimate goal is to get these teens to develop and early and lasting addiction to nicotine.This addiction to tobacco cuts short more lives annually than accidents, suicide, drug overdoses, murder and AIDS combined. It is important that the younger populations are reached early to prevent the future negative effects of tobacco addiction. The proposal for this grant focuses on programs that will address tobacco prevention, engagement and smoking cessation: Peer Education – Develop a program that will train teens as teachers that will reach more of their peers and younger children with tobacco prevention education.
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This will be done through classrooms and school/community presentations. Youth Engagement – Develop a program that will invite groups of youths from all over the state to compete for grants to support community awareness rejects and better advocacy for tobacco policies. There will be training workshops and ongoing support for those who receive the grants. Youth Cessation ? Train adult facilitators in schools and communities to address the unique needs of smokers under the age of 18.These adult facilitators will access the smokers and assist in these teenagers in reaching a tobacco free lifestyle.
Needs Assessment Tobacco is currently causing more deaths in the states than accidents, suicide, drug overdoses, murder and AIDS combined. The tobacco use and negative outcomes as a results of the use needs to be addressed, remedied ND prevented especially at a young age prior to the addiction beginning. 15% of students currently are smoking cigarettes, while 9% are using forms of oral tobacco.Approximately 1 ,500 people statewide die from tobacco use each year Currently, 1 55,000 people statewide are suffering from chronic diseases as a result of tobacco use. Goals, Objectives, Actions, Timeline The goal is to improve the health and quality of life of the state’s residents by reducing the number of people who use tobacco products. To achieve this goal there needs to be greater education to prevent tobacco use among the out, teen engagement to act as community leaders for better tobacco awareness and increased access for smoking cessation for teen smokers.Short Term Objectives include: Reduce the number of teens who use tobacco products (smoke and/or chew) Increase the number of youths who choose not to use tobacco, based on informed decision making Build relationships in undeserved communities and regions Increase the number of teens who have access to cessation classes Long term objectives include: Reduce the number of individuals who die as a result of smoking related illnesses and diseases each year Reduce the number of people who are impacted by chronic diseases as a result of their tobacco use.
Youth Education Actions: Train at a minimum 500 teenagers as youth educators on tobacco use These teen teachers will reach at a minimum 10,000 of their peers and educate them on tobacco prevention during the upcoming school year. Youth Engagement Actions Invite youth groups from throughout the state to apply for ten (10) separate $1 ,500 grants to increase community awareness around smoking and encourage policy change related to tobacco use Complete a conference and workshop for two teen members and one adult member of each group that species the grant in the state capital.Provide monitoring and support for these groups to understand progress and expenses Youth Cessation Actions Identify up to three locations throughout the state that provides optimal access to training for those who will be chosen as adult facilitators for the program Promotion of these training programs among the target audience for the adult facilitator positions (counselors, teachers, coaches, etc.
Conduct training at the identified locations for those chosen facilitators Provide ongoing monitoring and assistance to those facilitators and track their results n assisting teens to quit. To make the programs the most successful, the timeline needs to be structured around the school year to provide optimal access to the teenagers for education, engagement and cessation. July-August Youth Education – Promotion of the program and identification of those teen teachers that will be trained for peer outreach.
Youth Engagement – Promotion of the program and invitations extended for submissions for grants. Youth Cessation – Promotion of the program and identification of training locations. September Youth Education – Training for teen teachers is completed Youth Engagement – Deadline for applications for grants by youth groups Youth Cessation – Plan and complete training for adult facilitators October Youth Education – Teen Teachers begin to give presentations to peers.Additional teen trainings are completed and evaluation data is collected Youth Engagement – Announce the recipients of the youth group grants Youth Cessation – Adult facilitators begin their outreach, continue monitor and support and complete any additional trainings November – May Youth Engagement – Conduct workshops and training, youth groups begin the community outreach and work through the year using their grant to rather engagement on tobacco prevention.Youth Cessation – Adult facilitators begin their outreach, continue monitor and support and complete any additional trainings June Youth Education ? Complete the program and assess the program’s success. Youth Engagement – Conduct wrap-up meetings with the grant recipients and begin to understand their success.
Youth Cessation – Complete the program and assess the program’s success. Evaluation All programs that will be funded will have an ongoing evaluation protocol that will employ survey forms. All teen teachers are required to submit surveys, as ell as collect surveys from those peers who they outreached to through presentations.All youth groups and facilitators taking part in the engagement grant program will have to take surveys to evaluate the program’s success in outreach. The adult facilitators and those teen smokers they reach out to as part of the youth cessation program are also required to provide a survey of evaluation to measure the success. All survey results will be taken into consideration when considering methods of Improving, refining and/or expanding these programs.
Projected Impact Through the implementation of the programs and if the desired success is achieved, it is projected that the tobacco use among teenagers will be decreased.Through the programs, more than 10,000 statewide youths will be better informed to make decisions regarding tobacco use both now and into the future. With this greater education, outreach, engagement and access, the projections is an decrease in both tobacco related deaths and diseases statewide in the future. We cannot place firm numbers on the projection, but will continue to monitor the usage, mortality and morbidity rates as it pertains to tobacco to understand the success of the implementation of these programs.