Twin Valley Middle School Vermont Kids Against Tobacco

Mission:
The Youth of Vermont are vital partners in creating solutions to preventing tobacco use among their peers.


The Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) program is designed to empower youth to get actively involved in the prevention of tobacco use. Over 1500 Vermont youth have participated and VKAT has grown into a statewide effort to reduce tobacco use among youth and adults in our communities.
A VKAT teams is presently active at Twin Valley Middle School.
VKAT activities have included:

  • Sponsoring speakers for school assemblies
  • Operation Storefront - investigating tobacco advertising in local stores
  • Presentations to students in the elementary and middle school
  • Attendance at State House Rally and Presentations to legislators
  • Sponsoring a Kick Butts Day dance
  • Sponsoring Dialogue Nights with parents and teens
  • Hosting a Middle School Lock-in
  • Hosting an Ice Cream Social
  • Presentations at Deerfield Valley Health Fair
  • Attending a two day statewide training

Advisor:
Carrie Blake
clmblake@myfairpoint.net

 

History
The Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) program came into existence in 1995 through the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont. The Coalition's Youth Committee designed VKAT to empower youth to get actively involved in the Coalition's dream. Going into its eighth year, with well over 1500 youth having participated, VKAT has grown into a statewide effort to reduce tobacco use among youth and adults in our communities. VKAT has been in existence in Wilmington and Whitingham for six years.

Training
Our VKAT teams are trained at one day state-wide training in the fall of each year.