SWAT Clubs gear up for the 2013-2014 school year!
September 24, 2013

The nine Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Clubs in Martin County are gearing up for an exciting school year!  Clubs exist at the Boys & Girls Clubs, Indiantown Middle School, Hidden Oaks Middle School, Stuart Middle School, Anderson Middle School, Murray Middle School, South Fork High School, Jensen Beach High School, and Martin County High School.  Each of the clubs works on youth prevention, and campus wide awareness of tobacco use. 

This month, Ally Diaz from Martin County High School traveled to Broward County to present on the harm of e-cigarettes at a Regional SWAT Meeting.  Ally also spoke at the Legislation Delegation meeting in Martin County on September 19, 2013, where she spoke to local representatives about tobacco issues and thanked them for their support.

SWAT Club participation helps students earn community service hours, gain experience for college applications and resumes, and hone their public speaking and leadership skills.  Several students who have graduated from Martin County SWAT programs are forming an internship program at the University of Florida to continue their involvement with tobacco prevention efforts.  These students have been involved in video projects, advocacy, and public speaking.

To learn more or to get involved with a local SWAT Club, contact Kim Waser, SWAT Coordinator at kwaser@quitdoc.com.