Youth Quest 2017
Youth Quest is an annual event hosted by CYAN to celebrate and promote youth advocacy in tobacco control. Youth Quest provides an opportunity for youth advocates to demonstrate their commitment to a tobacco-free California, learn about current tobacco control efforts, and build their advocacy skills by sharing their local work with legislators.
Youth Quest is scheduled for March 13, 2017. The event will be held in Sacramento, CA from 8:00am – 2:00pm. A event schedule is available here. The theme of the 2017 event is “Healthy You(th): Advocating for a Tobacco-Free California.” The focus of the youth training, press conference, and meetings with legislators will be how tobacco impacts youth with an emphasis on flavored products and tobacco in the retail environment. Additionally, the event will emphasize the power of youth to advocate for change.
On February 28, CYAN hosted a webinar for agencies bringing youth to Youth Quest 2017 with detailed information on the event. The recorded webinar can be viewed here.
This year, the maximum number of participants is 250 (youth and adult partners). Youth Quest 2017 is geared towards high school-age students.
A major component of this year’s event will be legislative visits. All participants are required to visit a legislator to provide information and education on local, community-based tobacco-free activities. CYAN will schedule all legislative visits. Due to the number of individuals who can fit in legislative offices, a local project may bring no more than 10 youth to each visit.