Written by Rene' Smira
Monday, 26 October 2009 14:56
Teens Against Tobacco Use (T.A.T.U.) is a tobacco education program designed to help teens develop strong leadership skills while influencing younger children to live a tobacco-free lifestyle.
Teens Against Tobacco Use:
- Is designed specifically for teens as a peer-mentoring program,
- Is based on research about smoking prevention and the consequences of smoking,
- Fulfills service learning/community service requirement for schools,
- Includes media literacy components,
- Uses a pyramid teaching model with three phases: adult facilitator training, teens training and youth presentations.
Teen involved in T.A.T.U. have been show to:
- Increase leadership and teaching skills,
- Develop skills needed to be advocates for a tobacco free community,
- Increase ability to recognize and identify the positive aspects of being tobacco free,
- Increase their ability to recognize how tobacco advertising and promotion deceive youth,
- Increase recognition as to how getting hooked on tobacco destroys youths' freedom and control over personal lives,
- Increase self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-image.
Why should you Start a TATU Club at Your School?
· Experience for your resume
· Add to your portfolio
· Let your voice be heard
· Learn tons of new information and skills
· Help others avoid or quit smoking
· Meet new people and make new friends
· Go to fun rallies and training sessions
· Participate in fun events!