PHAST - Protecting Health and Slamming Tobacco

PHAST—pronounced “fast”—is a youth coalition dedicated to Protecting Health And Slamming Tobacco by organizing peer education and advocacy projects in our schools, our communities, and throughout Stanislaus County with creative and collaborative style.

Background

PHAST was formed in August 2005, as a countywide youth coalition comprised of local chapters organized in various high schools. Our current coalition membership includes more than 800 students from nearly all the high schools in Stanislaus County.

PHASTjv was formed in August 2007, as a countywide youth council comprised of local chapters organized in various middle/junior high schools. Our current council membership includes more than 300 students from 17 middle/junior high schools in Stanislaus County.

The success of PHAST and its members relies strongly on the outstanding support and hard work of the staff and faculty advisors who have volunteered to lead and coordinate their campus chapter.

The PHAST Coalition and PHASTjv Youth Council are partnership projects of the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, Tobacco Education Program and the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Tobacco Use Prevention and Education Program. We are funded by Proposition 99 tobacco tax through the California Department of Health Services and the California Department of Education.

Coalition Goals

Build Peer Tobacco Education Skills by Participating in Training Events like the annual PHAST Tobacco Slam, Youth Quest, and local community advocacy trainings.

Conduct Peer Education Activities On-Campus through events like Red Ribbon Week, Great American Smokeout, Lose the Chew Day, Kick Butts Days, and through classroom presentations to our peers.

Conduct Education & Advocacy Activities within our communities including; Off-campus presentations to middle and elementary schools. Hosting educational booths at community events like Farmers Markets and parades. Participation in health promotion events like Turlock Family Fun Day and Relay for Life. Informing and educating civic organizations, community leaders, and elected officials on the importance of supporting tobacco prevention efforts in our community.


For more information:

Email the Stanislaus County Tobacco Education Program
or call 209-558-7168.

Or

Email the Stanislaus County Office of Education
or call 209-238-1368.