Thank you for your interest in applying to serve on the COUGH Student Leadership Board

Please read the following requirements before submitting your application.  You participation requires your travel and attendance to 3 in-person meetings (all expenses paid including travel, lodging, and food) as well as regular attendance to teleconference meetings and responding to emails throughout the year.
The California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN) is a statewide organization dedicated to supporting youth and young adult policy advocacy throughout California. COUGH (Campuses Organized and United for Good Health) is a statewide student-led coalition dedicated to ensuring healthy college and university campuses free of tobacco and tobacco industry presence.  

The COUGH Student Leadership Board is made of 15-20 undergraduate and graduate students interested in working closely with CYAN staff on specific projects for statewide college tobacco-free efforts.  Established in 2002, the COUGH Student Leadership Board is a great way to acquire personalized, in-person training and experience in the fields of policy advocacy, public health, tobacco control, and community organizing.

  • Be a part of a statewide movement to make positive change in the world.
  • Get connected with organizations that are hiring in the fields of public health, community organizing, tobacco treatment, and tobacco education.
  • Network with other college advocates from around the state and gain ideas for your campus.
  • Strengthen public speaking and communication skills by providing presentations and trainings to peers and professionals in the field.
  • Participate in policy advocacy activities such as meeting with decision-makers, creating a policy change strategy plan, and promoting the benefits of a smoke and tobacco-free campus.
  • Develop marketing and messaging skills by conducting research and designing messaging.
  • Get up to date on the latest tobacco use trends and products.
  • Learn how to talk to family and friends about tobacco issues.
  • Increase experience for resume/graduate school 
  • Learn to work with a team whose members are spread across the state.

WHAT WOULD MY COMMITMENT TO COUGH ENTAIL?  All COUGH Board-members are required to do the following:
  • Attend 3 in-person weekend Board meetings.  We typically host these meetings in Sacramento. We book and purchase all student travel, lodging, and food so the trip would be at not cost. Usually students fly/drive/train in on Friday evenings and the retreat starts Saturday morning. On Sunday we work for half a day and students begin departure around noon and are home on Sunday evening. Retreats are expected to be held during the months of August, October, and February.
  • Sign up for a year-long project of your choice in the areas of advocacy, education, or tobacco-treatment.
  • Attend project-team meetings by phone as needed (typically1 time per month)
  • Review 1-2 educational materials and provide your feedback through an online survey (typically takes 30-60 minutes).
  • Conduct outreach locally by (your choice):
    • Conducting presentations on campus or in your community, or
    • Hosting campus-based events, or
    • Meeting with decision-makers on your campus or at the state level.
  • Stay in regular communication with CYAN staff and the rest of the COUGH board (mostly via email)

  • Enrolled in a California college or university during the 2019-2020 school year
  • Willing to become active with tobacco prevention, treatment, or policy activities on their college campus or in their community

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