Learning Objectives: Identify the impact the Tobacco Industry is having on the young LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. Recognize the efforts the youth have taken to change businesses which they frequent to create nonsmoking facilities within the Minneapolis area.
Abstract: TAAP Tobacco Awareness And Prevention (TAAP) program for young LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth and Allies.
Problem/ Objective: Tobacco companies have preyed upon the vulnerability of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youths to sell their products. Compared to heterosexual peers. LGBT youth have markedly higher rates of use.
Goal: The University of Minnesota Youth and AIDS Projects, District 202, and Youthlink collaborate on this project to prevent tobacco initiation or regular use among young LGBT Minnesotans.
Program Framework: As youths become aware of the dangers of tobacco, they will develop a “critical consciousness” of the problem, find culturally specific solutions, and work together to change themselves and institutions around them.
Youth involvement: The youth advisory board have lead the program development. Trained youth Community Health Advisors (CHAs) have implemented the activities and proceeded out into the community. These CHAs recruit other youth interested in spreading the word about tobacco use and misuse. Also, these youth advocate to businesses they frequent seeking to convert them to non smoking facilities.
Incentives: Youth are given incentives for their time and energy and stipends for their community work.
Discussion: We will communicate the difficulties to working with this population of youth. The challenges and barriers encountered by the community regarding change. In addition, share what sucesses we have had in creating change, community response, and effective stragies in working with LGBT youth.
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