The COUGH Student Leadership Board is made of 15-20 undergraduate and graduate students interested in working closely with CYAN staff on specific projects for statewide college tobacco-free efforts. Established in 2002, the COUGH Student Leadership Board is a great way to acquire personalized, in-person training and experience in the fields of policy advocacy, public health, tobacco control, and community organizing.
WHAT EXPERIENCES DO STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS GAIN?
- Develop leadership and teamwork skills
- Be a part of a statewide movement to make positive change in the world
- Get connected with organizations that are hiring in the fields of public health, community organizing, tobacco treatment, and tobacco education.
- Learn to work with teams spread across the state
- Strengthen public speaking and communication skills
- Understanding policy advocacy and population-level change
- Develop marketing and messaging skills
- Increase knowledge of current tobacco issues
- Network with other college advocates from around the state
- Learn how to talk to family and friends about tobacco issues
- Increase experience for resume/graduate school
WHAT WOULD MY COMMITMENT TO COUGH ENTAIL? All COUGH Board-members are required to do the following:
- Attend 3 in-person weekend Board meetings (dates/locations to be announced, expenses paid by CYAN)
- Sign up for a year-long project of your choice in the areas of advocacy, education, or tobacco-treatment.
- Attend project-team meetings by phone as needed (typically1 time per month)
- Review 1-2 educational materials and provide your feedback through an online survey (typically takes 30-60 minutes).
- Conduct outreach locally by (your choice):
- Conducting presentations on campus or in your community, or
- Hosting campus-based events, or
- Meeting with decision-makers on your campus or at the state level.
- Stay in regular communication with CYAN staff and the rest of the COUGH board (mostly via email)
APPLICANTS MUST BE:
- Enrolled in a California college or university during the 2018-2019 school year
- Willing to become active with tobacco prevention, treatment, or policy activities on their college campus or in their community
- Able to serve a one-year term (July 2018 – June 2019)
- Able to check and respond to email at least once a week
- Hard working, enthusiastic, team players
- Expresses confidence in sharing their ideas and a willingness to speak up
- Willing and able to travel to in-person meetings, trainings, and conferences