Martin County Youth Attend Regional Students Working Against Tobacco Training in Fort Lauderdale
November 12, 2016

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Advisor Michael Williams from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County brought two outstanding local SWAT Youth to a regional training opportunity in Fort Lauderdale on November 12.

Aristo Onassis and Jesus Perez, both members of The Club and leaders of their local SWAT Chapter, attended the training, where they learned a variety of new skills and provided valuable feedback on the work being done around the state to reduce the tobacco industry’s influence on young adults.

Seasoned members of their SWAT Club, Aristo and Jesus represented Martin County at the training and brought their own unique perspective to the day’s activities, which included an opening ceremony hosted by the St. Lucie County Chapter and the statewide Youth Advocacy Board elections for Region 4.

The day included a jam-packed schedule of sessions, including a team skill building game on a variety of tobacco prevention topics, including facilitation, personal management, communication and SWAT planning.

The Martin County SWAT Youth in attendance left the training armed with resources and ideas to bring back to the county level to better counteract tobacco use among youth in our community.

SWAT aims to empower, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against Big Tobacco. SWAT is a movement of empowered youth working together to de-glamorize tobacco use. Their efforts aim to shape tobacco-free norms, make tobacco less desirable, less acceptable, and less accessible.