Youth Tobacco Prevention

The MCTCP works with youth from across Merced County who form part of “Advocates Countering Tobacco IOur Neighborhoods” Youth Advisory Board (ACTION Youth Advisory Board).

The Merced County Tobacco Control Program has three active youth groups in the cities of Merced, Atwater and Los Banos where ACTION members are an essential part of program initiatives. ACTION members serve all of Merced County by providing health education and efforts towards policies in several Central Valley Communities.  MCTCP empowers ACTION members and gives these youth advocates a platform to develop various skills, while working together and having fun serving the community. Youth participants also have the chance to participate in statewide and local activities like community events, Youth Quest and the Youth Leadership Summit, where they get a chance to meet and educate state and local officials on the latest trends.

Youtube Mini-Series 

Episode 1

Episode 2



All youth members must be:

  • 13-18 years old (High School)
  • Residents of Merced County
  • Passionate about wanting to make a difference in their community
  • Members are encourages to obtain good academic standing (2.5 or higher)


  • Attend and participate in ACTION Youth Advisory Board meetings
  • help plan countywide activities and campaigns
  • stay in communication with Merced County Tobacco Control Program staff via email, phone, web or social media


  • Opportunities to develop leadership and advocacy skills
  • Opportunities to strengthen your public speaking and communication skills
  • Opportunities of increasing knowledge of tobacco and emerging product issues
  • Opportunity to  meet and work with youth from across the Central Valley & California
  • Opportunity to work with local, county and state elected officials
  • Opportunity to attend the Youth Leadership Summit at the end of the year
  • Opportunity to attend the annual Youth Quest trip to Sacramento
  • Letters of recommendation
  • End of the year activities and incentives
  • Snacks at each meeting
  • Mentoring and guidance by MCTCP staff

How to become a part of the ACTION Youth Advisory Board

Interested in joining the ACTION YAB? Please fill out the form below. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Youth Coordinator: Patrik White

Youth Coalition Application

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  • Parent/Guardian and Emergency Contact Information

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  • Medical Information

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    I give permission to my child to participate in this year’s 2019-2020 California Health Collaborative - CALI Youth. I agree I will not hold the California Health Collaborative and/or its programs, California Department of Public Health, and/or my son/daughter’s school, their employees, or agents responsible for any injury or sickness my child may incur during this program. I also confirm my decision listed above to “allow/not allow” (check one) the California Health Collaborative program staff to provide transportation for my child to participate in program related events/activities. Transportation includes but not limited to private vehicle, rental vehicles, or bus. I understand and acknowledge that participation in the program involves inherent risks of injury to my child including risks associated with transportation by motor vehicle. I release California Health Collaborative and/or its programs, California Department of Public Health, and/or my son/daughter’s school, their employees, or agents responsible and their affiliates from liability for injury or damages which may result from my child’s participation in this program.