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Bradford County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Clubs are Planning for the 2020-2021 Year!
September 1, 2020

Students Working Against Tobacco in Bradford County looks a little different this year due to restrictions with COVID- 19 pandemic.  School district restrictions have prohibited any outside organizations from campuses but that has not stopped our efforts to engage youth in Bradford County.  Partnerships with the local University of Florida IFAS Extension office, as well as Bradford High School, will offer an opportunity for youth from 5th-12th grade to join Students Working Against Tobacco efforts locally. 

The Students Working Against Tobacco Bradford County Chapter provides an opportunity for students to become advocates for tobacco prevention efforts and local policy change.  SWAT educates youth and equips them with the tools needed to engage their peers and community with ways to deglamorize and fight back against Big Tobacco. 

The tobacco prevention staff, SWAT advisor, and SWAT leadership have been working diligently to create new ways to facilitate the SWAT Chapter and are excited about the new possibilities.  Although in person meetings are not allowed at this time, the Bradford County SWAT Chapter will continue to meet via zoom and make sure the campus engagement continues.

Our Bradford High School SWAT Advisor is returning for her second year and is excited about continuing to increase involvement in our SWAT Chapter.  Grace Johns is no stranger to the Bradford County SWAT Chapter, being a SWAT member for four years and serving as the SWAT President for two years.  She knows how imperative this program is to our community and school district and hopes to continue to make a positive impact locally.  Grace believes that an impact can still be made even through this pandemic and limitations in place.  “We have to think outside of the box and use some creativity to still engage youth, but we are up for the challenge.  Sometimes situations like this allow us to get out of our comfort zones and bring about positive changes, we are going to use the creativity of our youth leadership and find new ways to engage youth on our campus and through Bradford County,” she said. 

Meetings will continue to be virtual until limitations are lifted but the leadership team, SWAT Advisor, and tobacco prevention staff are planning for upcoming events like “Not a Lab Rat Day” in October, Red Ribbon Week in October, and continued efforts for local policy change.