by CARLA BASS, City Editor
Jefferson Junior High Jr. Honor Society and Student Council have joined forces under the mentorship of their sponsor Gwen Brazzle and Vicky Bryson, along with one of the JHS leadership mentors, Jasmine Bryson, take positive steps to improve and educate other students and our community about issues of importance. One of their causes is the Say What! Movement.
“Say What!” Stands for Students, Adults and Youth Working Hard Against Tobacco! and was created by Texas youth to connect everyone working towards reducing tobacco use throughout the Lone Star State. Youth leaders saw a need to unify the various, and typically disconnected, tobacco prevention efforts statewide aimed at protecting Texans from the harmful effects of tobacco. The Say What! movement provides an umbrella organization to connect, learn, share and inspire others to make a positive difference in their schools and communities!
Through a contract with the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University, the Say What! movement is funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Say What! Teen Ambassadors (TAs) are high school students passionate about reducing tobacco use locally, statewide and nationally, and are selected under the advisement of TxSSC staff. Say What! TAs actively lead tobacco prevention efforts in their own communities on a regular basis, create and lead the regional leadership summits held each Spring, as well as the annual Say What! Tobacco-Free Leadership Conference. One of the Teen Ambassadors for “Txsaywhat!” is Jasmine Bryson who counted over 500 cigarette butts that the two Junior High groups Jr NHS and Student Council students picked up at Lions Club Park in downtown Jefferson. Donning protective gloves, the students picked them up and replaced each with a turquoise flag, showing where and how frequently they were placed.
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