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June 20, 2011

More than 100 teens head to 'Hollywood'
for the 2011 reACT teen summit

Teen activists from across Montana will walk the red carpet to the 6th annual reACT Teen Summit June 21-23 at Carroll College in Helena to learn how policy change can make a big difference in the fight against tobacco. 

The 2011 Hollywood-themed Teen Summit comes on the heels of a nationwide trend to get teens more involved in policy change. Smoking in movies, for example, has been linked to youth tobacco initiation.

According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to onscreen smoking in movies increases the probability that youths will start smoking.

“It’s so important that we continue to be vigilant about preventing tobacco use among our youth ,” Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Anna Whiting Sorrell said. “Ever year, the teen summit attracts some of our best young leaders who work hard year round on this issue.”

reACT member Olivia Holter attends every year. “I’m excited to be back for my sixth Summit.,” said Olivia Holter, reACT member. “This year, I can’t wait to work on a new policy that I can take back and implement with my own reACT group – plus, I get to share ideas with other teens from all over Montana.”

reACT is Montana’s statewide teen-led movement that empowers teens to fight back against commercial tobacco use. reACT is funded by the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program of DPHHS.

Teens at the Summit can choose from several policy issues that interest them. Other topics include tobacco-free parks, point-of-purchase advertising and tobacco ad placement in magazines. They also get to spend time learning about the issue, planning, and implementing the first steps of their policy change.

“This week, we’ll arm teens with everything they need to go back to their communities and start taking action,” reACT’s Youth Empowerment Coordinator Erin Kintop said. “From tobacco-free parks to smoking in movies, there are so many issues teens can tackle on the ground level.”
Interactive sessions will give teens tools to support policy work. The sessions will focus on meeting with decision makers, collaborating with other groups, garnering earned media, building support and training spokespersons.

Mike Leach, a naturalist and motivational speaker from Yellowstone County, will coach teens about youth policy and activism. In addition, a team of trainers well-versed in tobacco policy have traveled from all over the country to work with the reACT program. 

For more information on reACT and the 2011 Teen Summit, visit www.reactmt.com.

The following are some of the event highlights:

Tuesday, June 21, 2010
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  “Red Carpet” VIP registration
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  reACT 101, led by the reACT Core Team
5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.  Mike Leach, motivational speaker

Wednesday, June 22, 2010
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.            Breakout and issue sessions – including smoking in the movies, tobacco-free parks, tobacco advertisement placement in magazines and point-of-purchase advertising
8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.              Awards Ceremony

Thursday, June 23, 2010
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Teen-led policy activities around campus
12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.          Group photo

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