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COUGH Student Leadership Board Applications are Now Open

 COUGH Student Advocate, Alyssa Juguilon, asks the CSU Chancellor's Office to Adopt a systemwide smoke and tobacco-free policy.

COUGH Student Advocate, Alyssa Juguilon, asks the CSU Chancellor's Office to Adopt a systemwide smoke and tobacco-free policy.

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?

 COUGH Student Advocate, Fitzgerald Graves, shares his work at Bakersfield College at a Tobacco Control Conference.

COUGH Student Advocate, Fitzgerald Graves, shares his work at Bakersfield College at a Tobacco Control Conference.

  • 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:

 COUGH Students work together in subcommittee meetings, developing projects, strategies and timelines.

COUGH Students work together in subcommittee meetings, developing projects, strategies and timelines.

  • 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