AHS starts Project Prevent chapter

Updated: August 31, 2018

By Ronda Pounds

ASD Public Relations Coordinator

Ashdown High School Media Specialist Sandy Smith

Ashdown High School Media Specialist Sandy Smith will be leading a new tobacco prevention chapter of Project Prevent Youth Coalition (PPYC) on the AHS Campus. The chapter is funded through a grant by Stamp Out Smoking and Arkansas Children’s Hospital for seven years.

According to their website, “Project Prevent is a youth tobacco prevention initiative of Stamp Out Smoking. By exposing the truth about Big Tobacco and arming you and your peers with knowledge, tools, and power to make informed choices, our goal is to prevent Arkansas youth from smoking or using tobacco products. Project Prevent works year-round to provide events and programs to engage you and your friends in new ways.”

Project Prevent Youth Coalition is “aiming for a happy, healthy, and tobacco-free Arkansas.”

The mission of PPYC will provide youth with action-oriented activities that address social norms about tobacco and nicotine.

Throughout the year students will have two advocacy projects which may include providing signage around campuses to inform that it is illegal to smoke on campus grounds and read age appropriate books to elementary students on the unhealthy effects of smoking. Some students involved in PPYC will be able to attend a statewide prevention conference that will be held in October. Students will also have the opportunity to be involved in a film festival (Ready, Set, Record) and a writing contest (My Reason to Write).

More information can be found at sosprojectprevent.com.