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  • Washington County Youth Selected to Attend Legacy Leadership Institute
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    Published - 07/11/14 - 02:25 PM | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The issue of tobacco in local communities
    The issue of tobacco in local communities
    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) – Cierra Parkinson, Maddie Gates, Abigail Dickie, and Haylie Baxter were chosen to represent the Washington County Youth Coalition (WCYC) at Legacy’s Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), a program focused on creating meaningful partnerships between adults and youth to create healthier communities. The WCYC was chosen from over 50 applicants to join teams from across the country in Washington D.C. from July 13-17, where they will strategize with other young leaders on how to address the issue of tobacco in local communities. They will be joined by state and local tobacco control organizations to foster the next generation of tobacco control activists.

    The WCYC is a volunteer youth group advised by Kaysha Price of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department and Logan Reid of Southwest Prevention. They are an advocacy group focused on tobacco, substance, and alcohol prevention in the community. The WCYC is southern Utah’s chapter of Outrage, a statewide youth anti-tobacco movement. The WCYC consists of 43 teens representing all seven high schools in the county. Their motto is “To create a healthier, safer, and better community.”

    “We hope that this gathering will further empower these young people to take an active role in educating their community about the tobacco epidemic and, in turn, create a ripple effect among their peers – creating an army of youth leaders in the fight against big tobacco,” said Robin Koval, Legacy President and CEO. “With more than 80 percent of adult smokers trying their first cigarette by 18, it is critical that youth leaders are trained to address tobacco-related issues at the local level.”

    While Utah has one of the lowest rates of teen smoking in the U.S. (5.9%), there is still work to be done, especially with the increase in new smokeless tobacco products and e-cigarettes. Data released from the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program of Utah in 2013 showed that use of e-cigarettes among Utah youth has tripled within the last two years. The WCYC is excited to learn new information and apply it to anti-tobacco work in our community.

    Teams from the following programs were also chosen to attend:

    • Graham County Students Taking a Road to Success (STARS) from Arizona

    • Evolvement Denver from Colorado

    • Washington County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) from Florida

    • Western Boone Voice from Indiana

    • The 84 Movement from Massachusetts

    • Tobacco Free Mississippi of Panola County

    • ASAP Afterschool Program from Missouri

    • Students Taking on Prevention (STOP) from Nevada

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