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Johanna Nowak-Palmer
Program Manager
(707) 646-7608
jnowak@solanocoe.net

Rebecca Floyd
Project Coordinator
(707) 646-7602
rfloyd@solanocoe.net

TUPE Mini-Grants

Tobacco Use Prevention Mini-Grants are designed for any middle and high school youth clubs or teachers and their students to create a project, learn something new, become tobacco free advocates, and earn money  for their supplies/materials, food for meetings/events, equipment, field trips, or promotional items. Grants will be awarded up to $1,000 per project.

How Does it Work?

Eligibility and Requirements
Any middle or high school based class, student club, or community youth organization within Solano County is eligible to apply. The club/organization must have a teacher, adult advisor, or mentor and have a club/organization account to receive the grant funds (funds cannot awarded to an individual). An online application must be submitted by March 1, 2023 and include a project budget and project narrative.

Technical Assistance
TUPE staff will provide technical assistance and continued support to the club over the course of the project.

Funding
Awarded grants will be funded in two (2) payments (50% upon award and 50% after completion of the project). Additional funding information can be found on the application.

Reporting
A simple report must be submitted at the completion of the grant to release the second half of the grant. In addition, completed media projects (including photos of project components) must be shared electronically with SCOE YD staff at the completion of the project. All work and reports must be completed by May 31, 2023.

Project Categories

Click titles below to see examples of projects.

Video must be minimum 1 minute and no more than 5 minutes. Examples of projects:

  • Counter Advertisement: respond to or correct misleading tobacco or e-cigarette advertisements
  • Photo Voice: use of original photos/images to tell the story of how tobacco is affecting your community.
  • Spoken Word/Youth Voice: oral delivery of original poetry, prose, or monologue accompanied by video or original imagery.
  • Public Service Announcement: Development of two 30 second public service announcements that educate the public on the dangers of tobacco. Audio must be appropriate for radio and video for social media or local theaters.

Create a school wide activity or promotion of an anti-tobacco campaign. Examples:

  • Take Down Tobacco - Take Down Tobacco is a day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco. For a list of ideas, activities, or to register your site, visit Take Down Tobacco.
  • World No Tobacco Day - The focus of World No Tobacco Day is on "tobacco and lung health". The campaign will increase awareness on the negative impact that tobacco has on people's lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease, and the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.
  • Red Ribbon Week - The first Red Ribbon Week took place in 1988. Now the red ribbon is synonymous with drug prevention activities in communities and schools educating youth on the importance of living drug free and the adverse effects on ones health. For more information, project ideas and this year's theme visit Red Ribbon Week.

Create a presentation for city council or county supervisors about the effects of tobacco in your community. Examples:

  • Importance of smoke-free areas such as parks, bus stops, community events, apartments, etc.
  • Tobacco Retail License in your city

Where to start:

  1. Research: How is tobacco effecting your community?
  2. Decide: What change is needed in your community?
  3. Create: Design a presentation for your law makers encouraging to take action!

Service learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. Examples:

  • Park Clean up - Cigarette litter and butt collection in public places where children play, and a presentation made to the community or officials on the effects of cigarettes on the environment.
  • Create banners or murals with a non-smoking pledge in partnership with elementary students and help them get everyone on campus to sign the pledge.
  • Create a campaign on campus or in the community creating awareness about the danger of e-cigarettes or tobacco through posters, brochures, lunch time activities, presentations, and pledges.
  • Develop a project to work with elementary age students to create a story about why a students doesn't smoke and have the elementary students illustrate and contribute pages to complete the book.

Create a presentation or activity to take to elementary and middle school aged youth to educate them on the dangers of smoking/vaping. Examples:

  • High school students lead education sessions to middle school and/or freshman health classes on topics such as living smoke-free or the physical effects of smoking.
  • Present to parents at Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meetings/Back-to-School Nights about the dangers of tobacco smoke on their family members.
  • Hold a smoking trivia contest or quiz show. Test your peers on what they know about the dangers of tobacco and educate them on the real facts about smoking and vaping.

Check out past projects


 

Multi-Media

Youth created educational or informational videos (multi-media).  See examples below:

To view additional project please click HERE.

School Wide Anti-Tobacco Campaign

Create a school-wide activity or promotion of anti-tobacco campaign. See examples below:

To view additional project please click HERE.

Take Action

Create a presentation for City Council or County Supervisors about the effects of tobacco in your community. See examples below:

To view additional project please click HERE.

Tobacco Focused Service-Learning Project

Service learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. See examples below:

To view additional project please click HERE.

Peer Education

Create a presentation or activity to take to elementary and middle school aged youth to educate them on the dangers of smoking. See examples below:

To view additional project please click HERE.