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Youth Vaping Prevention: Tools and Strategies to Use in Your Classroom and Community

Monday, October 23, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Teen saying "No" to vaping

Presented by Amy Taylor, Chief of Community Engagement, Truth Initiative; Rachael Perez, Community Prevention Coordinator, Johnson County Mental Health Center; and Matthew Johnson, Director of Athletics and Activities, Drug-Free Schools Liaison, Olathe Public Schools (KS)

Sponsored by EVERFI from Blackbaud in partnership with the Truth Initiative

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Youth e-cigarette use remains at epidemic levels in the United States. Data from the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey show that one in seven high school students (14.1%) and one in 30 middle school students (3.3%)—that’s an estimated 2.55 million young people—reported using e-cigarettes.

Join Amy Taylor, Chief of Community Engagement from the Truth Initiative, along with Rachael Perez, Community Prevention Coordinator at Johnson County Mental Health Center, and Matthew Johnson, Director of Athletics and Activities at Olathe Public Schools (KS), for a special release edLeader Panel on the topic of teen vaping. Educators leave this session armed with actionable strategies to create opportunities for impactful conversations about the dangers of vaping and the addictive powers of nicotine.

Viewers gain free access to Vaping: Know the truth, a prevention-forward digital learning experience that gives today’s students core knowledge around e-cigarettes and offers resources to help young people quit if they already vape, as well as a Red Ribbon Week Toolkit with additional free resources focused on student mental health and prevention.

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to middle and high school teachers and school and district leaders.

Amy Taylor

About the Presenters

Amy Taylor leads the community and youth engagement team at Truth Initiative and has more than two decades of experience in public health advocacy and education, with a background leading successful advocacy campaigns by engaging and mobilizing advocates and building coalitions. Her experience and leadership in movement building are expanding the reach of Truth Initiative’s youth leadership and community programs and her success working with nontraditional partners is fostering change in communities most impacted by tobacco use. Amy previously worked with political and public affairs consulting firms with a focus on legislative affairs and government relations, and as a researcher with the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.

Rachael Perez

Rachael Perez is a Prevention Coordinator with Johnson County Mental Health Center. Rachael implements evidence-based programs throughout the community on the topics of suicide prevention, substance use prevention, and mental health promotion. Rachael strives for community connection and engagement through her work and personal life.

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson has 28 years of experience as an educator—20 in Shawnee Mission School District and eight in Olathe Public Schools. He has been a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, athletic director, and district administrator. Matt is currently the Director of Athletics and Activities for Olathe Public Schools and in this role, he serves as the Drug-Free Schools Liaison. Matt also serves on the Olathe Communities That Care leadership team, The Johnson County Prevention Recovery Coalition, and the Olathe Parks and Rec Foundation Board.

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EVERFI from Blackbaud

From grade school through retirement, EVERFI’s free digital education curriculums empower learners of all ages to make safe, smart, and informed decisions. We bring together the public and private sectors so K-12 teachers can equip today’s learners with the skills they need to become tomorrow’s leaders.


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