Friday, August 18

St. Helena Parish OMG Club Receives Next Era Grant to Promote Tobacco-Free Living

Next Era, statewide youth movement
Baton Rouge, La. (August 18, 2017) – Next Era, a new statewide youth movement of The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, recently awarded $1,700 to the Outstanding Mature Girlz (OMG) Club in St. Helena Parish.  Teens at St. Helena College & Career Academy will unite as change agents to promote healthy, tobacco-free lifestyles.

“This grant is very important for the OMG Club, because promoting health is one of our core iValues,” said Nicolette Gordon, Assistant Area Agent at the Southern University Ag Center. “Although the campaign will not focus on telling the community not to use tobacco, we will educate them on the hazards of tobacco use in hopes that many will make informed decisions when it comes to using it.”

Only 30 participants will be selected for the Next Era Program, based on set criteria, and recruitment will begin August 28, 2017 for the program to kick off on September 11. Once program hopefuls are accepted, they will undergo an intense training that will equip them to advocate for the cause. Youth will speak with local media about their work, conduct surveys and meet with key decision-makers in the community, as well as share their findings with school communities to raise awareness about the hazards of tobacco use. All grant milestones must be completed by April 18, 2018.
For more information on how you can be involved with the Next Era Program, contact Nicolette Gordon in St. Helena Parish on Tuesday and Thursday at – 225-222-4136.


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