Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) training

October 26, 2018

 High school students were selected and trained to be Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) presenters. TATU is a program that allows high school students to mentor younger students about the dangers of smoking and vaping.  Research shows that peer-led programs are effective ways to reduce youth tobacco use and positively influence younger students. We give presentations to 6th grade science classes at each elementary school in Franklin.  During the presentation, we have a section about decision making and refusal skills.  High school presenters conduct a skit in which they demonstrate various refusal skills and the six grade students have to guess which skill was used.  About 350 six grade students are reached at all five public elementary schools.


Three seniors led the training for new TATU presenters.  In addition to presenting about tobacco/vape use and its health effects, they also discussed good presentation and leadership skills.  All students were able to demonstrate the actual content of the TATU presentation to each other.  Nine students were trained.

Generation Found Movie

FYI members Bella and Justin spoke to attendees at Generation Found about the work they are doing in FYI and how peer-to-peer advocacy prevents youth substance misuse and abuse. 

The Alliance Leadership Summit (May 1–2, 2017)

Shreya and Liv attended a youth leadership summit held May 1–2 on the topic of underage drinking. Shreya said her biggest take away point was that sometimes it takes a little competition to get more people involved in our group, like having competitive games at community events. Liv says her biggest take away was that it take a team to accomplish your goal and it's the leader's job to empower other leaders to join the group, so that everyone can accomplish change. Check out the video from the conference:

Bullying Prevention Presentation

FYI members, Hali, Justin, Oli, Olivia B, and Shreya hosted a bullying prevention presentation at the High School during Gold Block. We had a powerpoint presentation about bullying, why people bully, how to take positive action, and what would you do scenarios. We also performed skits to get everyone involved. Overall the feedback was very good and 100% of participants were satisfied with the presentation. We had a slight increase in knowledge from the pre-test to post-test questions. Students had a 14% increase in knowledge about students' basic rights when attending school and 32% increase in knowledge about the effects of bullying on a teenager. Participants said they learned how to "not stand idly by when something is happening"  and that "just because your friend is bullying others it doesn't mean you have to too". We encouraged students to use the bullying report form and tell someone if they witness bullying. Overall, the presentation was powerful and impactful.  In the future, we'd like to increase advertising to get more students in the room and practice the presentation as a group so the presentation itself stays streamlined. 11 people attended the presentation. Great job FYI!