The Weston 86 -- Mass Youth Against Tobacco (MYAT) has awarded $10,000 to Weston Public Schools for a “Role Models – Take Action” mini-grant for their project The Weston 86. The grant will be used to implement a youth-led social norms campaign to address tobacco use among the High School students. Students from Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Students Advocating for Life Without Substance Abuse (SALSA) participated in the writing of the grant application and will facilitate the campaign under the supervision of Lindsay Renner and Kevin Wehmhoefer, High School youth counselors. Kevin noted that, “This grant is unique because it’s a student-led initiative and it will celebrate the healthy choices of the majority of our students at Weston High School”. The campaign will be developed with a focus on local “heroes” and student role models at the High School. A cross section of students will be selected who represent athletics, theatre, academic clubs, arts, and a special focus on Weston students who live in Boston. The campaign, The Weston 86, will celebrate that 86% of Weston High School students do not use tobacco products and will push the number even higher by celebrating these local heroes.
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