Youth Tobacco Prevention – C.A.L.I. Youth


The MCTCP works with youth from across Merced County who form part of “Collaborate. Advocate. Lead. Inspire.” Youth Advisory Board (CALI Youth Advisory Board).

The Merced County Tobacco Control Program has three active youth groups in the cities of Merced, Atwater and Los Banos where CALI members are an essential part of program initiatives. CALI members serve all of Merced County by providing health education and efforts towards policies in several Central Valley Communities.  MCTCP empowers CALI 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 

Recruitment Video

Episode 1


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 CALI Youth meetings
•    Help plan countywide activities and campaigns
•    Stay in communication with MCTCP 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
•    Increasing knowledge of tobacco and emerging product issues
•    Opportunity to  meet and work with youth from across 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 C.A.L.I Youth Coalition

Interested in joining? Please fill out the C.A.L.I Youth Coalition Membership Form. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Youth Coordinator: Patrik White