REACT-I HRT U Youth Coalition

The REACT I HRT U youth coalition, which stands for Improving Health by Reducing Tobacco Use, was established through the REACT Program to ensure students have an opportunity to take the lead and create meaningful change in their communities in tobacco control efforts. I HRT U coalition members will be provided with fun, innovative training on public speaking, working with elected officials, tobacco prevention, policy/advocacy work, leadership skills, data collection, and social norm change. Using these skills, I HRT U members will be assisted in planning and organizing their own tobacco control efforts in their respective communities on the issues of tobacco-free outdoor recreation areas and/or zoning and density of tobacco retailers.


All youth members must be:

  • 13-18 years old
  • Be able to attend meetings as needed
  • Attend high school and have regular attendance
  • Able to work as a team


Coalition Member’s responsibilities include:

  • Attend weekly meetings and events
  • Participate in trainings
  • Attend 75% of meetings
  • At least once a year present with staff or peers to local community organizations, city council members, city staff, or state legislators
  • Attend and volunteer at 1 community event/project

Incentives to Participate

By participating, youth will receive:

  • Leadership training
  • Incentives during meetings including REACT promotional gear and snacks
  • Opportunity to attend the Youth Leadership Summit at the end of the year
  • Letters of recommendation for university applications or employment
  • End-of-the-Year activities or incentives
  • Mentoring and Coaching by REACT staff

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