SOLdiers Youth Program
SOLdiers were started in 2011 to get youth involved in the fight against the commercial tobacco industry’s targeting of African Americans. SOLdiers do litter clean ups, table at community events, and educate the public about the harms of tobacco and vaping. They also give presentations to community leaders, elected officials, and their peers about new products and predatory marketing tactics used by the tobacco and vape industries. Most importantly, SOLdiers contribute their voice in the fight against Big Tobacco.
SOLdiers help create smoke-free parks, public transit stops, and outdoor dining areas. They help prevent their peers and younger youth from falling prey to deadly vape addictions, and they eliminate cigarette butt litter and vape waste in their community, and they connect community members to who want to stop smoking or vaping with quitting resources.
WHY BECOME A SOLdier?
Gain Presentation & Public Speaking Skills
Educate Leaders on Tobacco Issues in Your Community
Become a Media Advocate
Add Experience to Your Resume
Earn Community Service Hours & Receive a Letter of Recommendation
SOLdiers have the opportunity to hone in on specialized skills and learn from community leaders, stakeholders in the community, and even government officials.
SOLdiers participate in community events, educating on the harmful effects of smoking and tobacco