The Los Alamos Public Schools Prevention Office and Evolvement are seeking students who want to decrease the harmful and addictive use of commercial tobacco in New Mexico.
Twenty-five students are invited to a training scheduled for the morning of Oct. 24 at LAHS where students will accomplish the first goal of the program.
The training will include free lunch, the chance to win prizes and is open for youth in 9th through 12th grades.
“Evolvement is a youth-led movement to reduce youth tobacco use,” said Alyssa Hedrich, Evolvement Youth Field Organizer. “This program presents a great opportunity for motivated students to learn about and engage in tobacco prevention initiatives at school and in their communities.”
According to the Evolvement website, “our mission isn’t to make smoking illegal, or to fight against smokers. Our mission is to promote a world that rejects tobacco by its own free will.”
The projects are centered on tangible goals set by youth members such as educating the general population, collecting survey data or recording video testimonials.
“After attending the training, Evolvers set their own commitments,” Hedrich said. “We tell students throughout the training that what they put in the program is what they get out. There are opportunities to work independently and at their own pace, or to get involved in program events, typically held at school and outside of class time.”
Students who participate will develop their public speaking skills and gain a sense of ownership over their health and the health of their community. The local organizations work with other groups in the state to increase their impact.
“This is a great opportunity for anyone that is interested in the topic, looking for interesting service projects, or looking for ways to enhance future job or academic opportunities,” school coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen said. “Our goal is to always have fun and build meaningful experiences along the way, while not being burdensome in time commitment.”
Learn more at www.evolvement.org or by contacting the prevention office at 505.663.3252.