N.A.T.E. | Nicotine Awareness Tobacco Education
Nicotine Awareness Tobacco Education (N.A.T.E.)
a Community Cancer Center Youth Outreach Education Program
Presentations available to middle school students of Douglas County
and youth organizations
N.A.T.E. is one of the three Community Cancer Center’s youth focused Nicotine Awareness and Tobacco Education outreach programs. The goal of N.A.T.E. is to reach out to an easily influential segment of the pre-teen population in Douglas County.
The N.A.T.E. program was designed provide awareness of the risks of nicotine use and tobacco education. The target age group is youth 11-14 years. During the 2016/2017 school year the Community Cancer Center partnered with Fremont Middle School, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Winston Teen Center and had the opportunity to present to over 600 Douglas County students. During the two-days of presentations the students were attentive, engaged in the learning process and asked questions that opened up further discussions on the risks and effects of tobacco use. The program was a success.
We asked students to design posters using the program tag line “Be Smart ~ Don’t Start” that would tell their best friend to not smoke. We had hundreds of entries. The prize was an MP3 player for a student in each grade level and at each youth organization and a $250.00 donation to the wellness class the student was attending. The teacher who won the donation used the money to purchase 30 much needed wellness books for their classroom. These books are shared by all students in the middle school during class.
The N.A.T.E. program continues to grow as we gain access to more schools. Our goal is to present the program annually in every middle school in Douglas County.
The N.A.T.E. ambassador program allows those students in the youth organizations to talk with the younger age groups, 6-10 year olds. This is a great opportunity to express leadership skills and the peer-to-peer discussions are more understandable for the younger students.
The N.A.T.E program introduces participants to understanding what nicotine is and the health risks of nicotine use, educates on the many forms of tobacco, and the targeted marketing today’s youth are influenced by in their everyday lives. Whether it is peer pressure, communication gaps or lack of knowing, N.A.T.E. provides the tools and resources to overcome these obstacles and learn to “Be Smart - Don’t Start!”
- Introduction to program and other students. Develop touchstones and begin identification of media messages targeted at youth.
- Defines tobacco use, products, reasons teens use tobacco and nicotine products and introduction to health risks.
- Understanding addiction and cessation. Identifying a support system and how to express your needs.
- Understanding a problem and a situation that could be a potential problem. Problem resolution and stress management. Identifying and overcoming peer pressure and how to handle negative self-talk.
- Becoming a Youth Ambassador. Learning peer-to-peer coaching for the N.A.T.E. Jr. Program.
- Identify Marketing Pressure and Influence of media
- Understand the risks of nicotine and tobacco use
- Learn Team Building Skills
- Learn How to Identify Peer Pressure
- Develop Skills to Effective Communication
- Develop Great Tools for Problem Resolution
The N.A.T.E. program is an opportunity for the Community Cancer Center to invest in youth awareness of nicotine and tobacco use. The program is also a positive reinforcement and encouragement of preteens to share their knowledge and willingness to not start using nicotine products with the younger age groups through our N.A.T.E. Jr program.
At the Community Cancer Center we value the importance of outreach education and providing the necessary resources for our citizens. We have established a valuable community resource with the N.A.T.E. program and it is our intent to continue to integrate and grow throughout the community. Within each school there are needs that directly impact the classroom and student learning. The funds from this award will allow us to provide a larger gift to the classrooms we are presenting in allowing for the purchase of learning materials for students and, in turn, strengthening community relationships between organizations.
For more information contact: the Community Cancer Center
Angelia Freeman | Phone: 541-673-2267 ext.5104