The CVS Health Foundation, in partnership with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, has announced seven grants that are part of a $5 million, five-year commitment to programs aimed at educating young people about the dangers of tobacco.
Announced on "Kick Butts Day," the initial grants in CVS Health's five-year, $50 million Be the First initiative were awarded through the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' Making the Next Generation Tobacco-Free program. Recipients include the Southeastern (Connecticut) Regional Action Council, in support of training high school youth to administer a statewide tobacco education program for younger kids; New Jersey Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy (GASP), to expand its reach into more communities; the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center, to address youth tobacco use through a musician mentorship program; and the North Carolina Alliance for Health, to help build a network of trained youth and adult leaders who actively support efforts to reduce the impact of tobacco use.
Grants also were awarded to the National Association of School Nurses, which will use the funds to educate at-risk youth and their families in low-income communities about the risks of e-cigarettes; Arizona UMOM New Day Centers, which will apply its grant to a teen activity program that provides intervention programming and interactive workshops; and the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership, which will use the funds to integrate tobacco prevention training and activities into existing direct service mentoring programs for elementary and middle school youth.
"In just one year, we've seen great progress from our grantees awarded through our partnership with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids," said CVS Health Foundation president Eileen Howard Boone. "We're proud to provide support to organizations that are helping to empower youth to speak out on tobacco issues in their communities. By working together, we can help deliver the first tobacco-free generation."