The San Benito Youth Association is a youth-based group of the Tobacco Education Program. This program is made possible through the Tobacco Tax Initiative, Proposition 99. In 1989, California voters approved a statewide tobacco tax of 25 cents. The funds raised through this tax were to be spent on health education, hospital services, physician services, research, and public resources. Our tobacco education program promotes a tobacco free community through education, intervention, and policy activities.
The goal of the Tobacco Education Program is to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, thirdhand smoke and to educate the public on the dangers of tobacco use, flavored tobacco, and other tobacco products.
Our mission as the San Benito Youth Association coalition is: To educate San Benito County youth through awareness and prevention on the dangers of tobacco use and promote a healthier lifestyle to strengthen our community.
Membership with San Benito Youth Association is open to any individual who endorses the coalition’s mission and wishes to serve as a volunteer to our cause. It is free of charge.
Members of the coalition are encouraged to represent the coalition during local community events, city council meetings and our annual Youth Quest field trip to our state capitol. Members are also invited to participate in retail store compliance checks, data collection, professional development trainings and community clean up events. This is a great opportunity for youth to get involved with the community and receive hands-on experience within public health. Individuals can receive community service hours, letters of recommendation and build their resume.
This year, some upcoming events the youth are scheduled to participate in include Youth Quest in March, educational outreach events, and trainings.
Our meetings are to be held 1 to 2 times a month. Our office is located at 351 Tres Pinos Rd Ste. A-202. We are open Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00 p.m.
For further information or questions please contact: Javier Perez at (831)- 637-5367 or firstname.lastname@example.org