Angelina County Youth recently received the 2019 Say What! Youth Group Award when they attended the Say What! conference in San Marcos, Texas to learn more about youth leadership and tobacco prevention. Say What! stands for Students, Adults and Youth Working Hard Against Tobacco and is a state-wide movement with the goal of unifying the youth of Texas under the common goal of making Texans healthier regarding tobacco use.
The youth group award is given to a group for serving as youth advocates for their local schools and communities. Their hard work, dedication, and passion to protect their fellow peers and communities has been engrained in all the tobacco prevention activities that they conducted throughout the year.
The Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference was held July 28-31, 2019 at Embassy Suites Hotel Conference Center & Spa in San Marcos, Texas and was a fun-filled training and networking opportunity that focused on taking students to the next level in tobacco prevention. Through fun, interactive workshops, students chose from a variety of tracks and worked in teams to create tobacco-prevention projects that each of them brought home to help encourage their schools and communities to be tobacco-free.
The Coalition, Inc. focuses on eliminating the use of harmful substances by affecting public policy, laws, attitudes and behaviors, all in an effort to foster healthy life-long choices for the local community. The Coalition is one of the oldest substance abuse prevention community coalitions in the United States. For information about tobacco prevention or joining SAY WHAT!, please contact Carolina Lopez at 936-634-9308.