cyan youth program
Since 1997, CYAN has been empowering California’s youth to create positive change in local communities throughout the state. Teenagers in California have been active in addressing issues related to youth access to tobacco, negative effects of pro-tobacco messaging in films, reducing youth exposure to secondhand smoke, and raising awareness about tobacco industry manipulation.
Our Youth Program increases youth involvement in local tobacco-free initiatives. The program does so by providing trainings and support to tobacco prevention coalitions and agencies on effective strategies for engaging youth as well as tools for recruiting youth partners and maintaining positive relationships. Once youth are recruited, CYAN provides skill-building trainings for youth advocates on topics including advocacy 101, public speaking, educating decision makers, and community organizing.
CYAN works with a nine-member Youth Board of Directors that provides insight to our organization’s statewide youth campaigns and helps plan and facilitate statewide events.