Youth

Resources for Youth

OVX: Our Voices Xposed is a youth-led movement that is focused on exposing the truth about tobacco (be sure to check out the site's cool interactive features and games!).

VKAT: Vermont Kids Against Tobacco is committed to helping friends and family make healthy choices, like choosing not to smoke (lots of great ideas here to empower youth!).

SADD: Students Against Destructive Decisions aims to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.

Windsor County Partners provides youth with mentors.

Above the Influence is a state of mind. It's about being yourself and not letting negative influences get to you.

VKAT Tobacco Litter Buckets

Windsor VKAT (Vermont Kids Against Tobacco) has spent two years hard at work studying the impact that tobacco litter has on the Earth and their town of Windsor, VT.  Each week the group meets to conduct research and discuss solutions on this critical issue.  On May 1, 2015, VKAT took part in a tobacco litter pick-up from State Street to Railroad Avenue in Windsor, collecting 1,927 cigarette butts, in addition to 885 that were picked up earlier that week.

 Tobacco litter is the #1 source of litter in the world, with 4.3 trillion cigarette butts dropped every year.  Yes, trillion!  The chemicals in the cigarette butts quickly seep into the ground and are toxic if swallowed by humans or animals.  The good news is that there are ways to help.  On May 15, 2015, with the help of artist and art therapist Ben Fox, the VKAT group painted tobacco litter buckets at ArtisTree in South Pomfret, VT. 

Interested community members are able to adopt these buckets free of charge to help keep Windsor a beautiful place to work, play, and live.  By adopting a bucket, the VAKT group will provide a bucket to put up in town where tobacco litter is an issue.  All the adopter has to do is empty the bucket as it becomes full.  For more information on how you can obtain a tobacco litter bucket, please contact Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership (MAPP) Youth Outreach Coordinator, Rachel Williams, at 802-674-2900 x 25 or at
Rachel.Williams@mahhc.org.

VKAT: 'Down with the Wall'

Weathersfield VKAT is currerntly touring the "Down with the Wall" educational presentation they have created. "Down with the Wall" refers to the "power wall" Big Tobacco companies use to target kids in stores. The power wall is the large display of cigarettes behind the cash register.For more information about the presentation, including scheduling a time to have the kids present to your group or organization, email Rachel Williams (Weathersfeild VKAT advisor, williams.youthcafe@gmail.com).

Weathersfield VKAT is committed to exposing the truth about Big Tobacco and creating positive change in our community. Members are in 5th-8th grades at Weathersfield School.



Smoke-free zones were a hit at this year's Moondance in Windsor.


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