Volition Franklin Youth FACT members met with State Representative Ken Skowronski to discuss the harmful effects of vaping to teen bodies. They showed Rep. Skowronski a board with vape products that closely assemble vape products. They also shared the different school prevention programs the group implements throughout the school year. The students and Rep. Skowronski also had a very dynamic conversation about the proposed Tobacco 21 bill and if vape shops should be licensed. It was a great conversation!
Volition Franklin Youth members welcomed students to the new Forest Park Middle School with root beer floats and education about vaping. Students shared with their peers the dangers of vaping and how sweet-flavored vapes cover up many harmful chemicals. Students also had a parent education toolkit with vape devices and bringing the conversation home to their student. They treated about 600 incoming students to a root beer floats.
Volition Franklin Youth hosted a table at Franklin’s National Night Out on August 5th. We played a matching game where students had to match the food option to the food-flavored vape juice and tell us which was the healthy option. FACT members also had scratch off cards showing the negative effects of using tobacco. People who participated could choose a FACT button or strawberry lip gloss. We also had our Tobacco Tricks Not Treats display board educating peers about the sweet flavors of nicotine flavored vapes and how the products are unhealthy for our bodies and mind.
Volition Franklin hosted its 4th Annual Franklin Family Fun Flick on Friday, June 14th with many community partners including Gift of Wings, Franklin Lions, Mathnasium, Ascension Franklin, Milweb1, Marcus Theaters, APA, Southwest Milwaukee Optimist club, Law Offices of Frederick Klimetz, Snowie Snow Cones, and support from PAWS and the City of Franklin. Prior to the movie, Mary Poppins Returns, members offered free games, vendor booths, and Marcus Showtime Theater popcorn for attendees. The Academy for Performing Arts had vocal and violin students performing before the movie started. Through sponsorship and community donations, $1,912.81 was raised for Volition’s prevention efforts.
About 350 individuals attended the event. 140 people completed an evaluation about the event. 32% of attendees were Franklin students and parents of students enrolled in Franklin schools—our target audience. 68% of respondents are concerned about substance misuse in Franklin. Of people who were concerned about substance misuse in Franklin, participants rated vaping, alcohol, and tobacco as the top three substances. Comments included “alcohol use is prevalent” and “alcohol…[is] legal and there’s no stigma when consuming it, like with drugs and tobacco”. Comments also included that substances are a problem because of stigmas that ‘nicotine addiction [is] cool”.
Volition Youth celebrated their accomplishments and recognized the 2018-2019 Leadership team and our seniors at our annual recognition event. We partied at Root River Center with bowling, pizza, and cupcakes. Students had a great time celebrating the year and saying goodbye to our seniors.
Volition Franklin FACT Youth hosted a FACT Lounge m during exam week at Franklin High School. Students could drop in, have breakfast, play scratch off tobacco prevention games from FACT, listen to music, and play other board games prior to exams. A therapy dog was also available as an anxiety and stress reducing technique. There were also positive affirmations written on the boards around the classroom. A councilor, the school social worker, and a public health nurse staffed the event and offered support to students. The exam relief room offered a time to for students to relax, prepare for, and cultivate a positive mindset prior to taking their exams.
Volition Youth members participated in Prevention Week by creating Franklin’s Largest Word Search! Community members have the opportunity to find prevention-themed words in a 7.5x7.5 feet word search. Students also created posters defining each word that people can find with statistics or sentences including each word. People who participate can win a prize! The display is posted in Franklin City Hall.
At the high school, students also made a display about healthy decision about substance misuse in the Main Commons of school.
Volition Franklin and Operation Fit Franklin hosted a Franklin 5K on May 4th. Volition Franklin Youth helped pass our metals to finishers, balloons to children, and cheered people on as they ran. Members also hosted the water station halfway through the race. Over 150 participated in the event. Some Volition Youth members even participated with their families!
Liv and Shreya were honored at the Saber Gold Walk on Friday, April 5th for their leadership and dedication on the FACT state youth board of directors. Liv and Shreya have served three and two terms, respectively, advocating for youth tobacco prevention. Congratulations ladies!
Students made FACT shirts with spray paint and stencils. FACT is Wisconsin’s Youth tobacco prevention group and aims to spread the truth about tobacco. Students will wear these shirts to school and help spread the truth. They look awesome!