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TUPE Mini Grants are designed for any youth clubs or teachers and their students to create a project, learning something new, become tobacco free advocates, and earn money for their class/club. Grants will be awarded up to $1,000 per project. Funds can be used for supplies/materials, food for meetings/events, equipment, field trips, or promotional items.

TUPE Mini Grant Application


Ken Scarberry

Johanna Nowak-Palmer
Program Manager

Jasmine Coutee
Youth Activities Specialist

Zach Nules
Youth Activities Specialist

Amara Walls
Youth Activities Specialist

TUPE Spotlight Newsletter

January Newsletter

Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE)

In July 2020, the California Department of Education awarded a competitive grant to the Solano County Office of Education to support and implement tobacco use prevention programs for students in grades 6-12 in Solano County. For the past 6 years TUPE funds have supported the LifeSkills program in all districts in Solano County, supporting the following programs:

  • An evidence-Based alcohol, tobacco, and other drug curriculum provided to over 6,000 7th grade 8th students each year of the grant
  • Development and support of Student Leadership/Advocacy programs for both middle and high schools
  • Tobacco and vape presentations to high school students across the county
  • Community and parent education on the youth vaping epidemic
  • The development of a county wide youth coalition, training student leaders from all districts to lead prevention and education efforts, including local policy work.
  • Mini-Grants provided to middle and high schools of up to $1,000 to support student projects on tobacco and vape education and prevention
  • Funds to support trainings and conference attendance for educators and administrators to support TUPE programs/youth engagement
  • Funds to support trainings and conference attendance for middle and high school students
  • Resource development for youth appropriate tobacco/vape intervention and cessation resources for schools
  • Funds to cover costs of the California Healthy Kids Survey for grades 7, 9, & 11
  • Technical assistance for all districts to continue their state Tobacco Fee Certifications

SCOE’s goal is to not only continue these services, but also to increase student engagement in fighting the vaping crisis our schools are facing, provide technical assistance to schools to increase intervention efforts for students caught using tobacco/vape products on campus, and connect schools to additional programs and partners through School Resource Officers, campus wellness centers, and public health educators.

All districts in Solano County are certified Tobacco Free, and update their certifications every 3 years, next certification is due June 2023.


Intervention Resources and Cross-Aged Mentoring information coming soon.