Learning Objectives: Describe the process of developing a national leadership program for AAPI youth involvement in tobacco control issues
Abstract: While recent data on tobacco use among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth is limited (or statistically unreliable as reported in the Healthy People 2010 Objectives), a 1999 study by the American Legacy Foundation revealed that Asian American youth had the highest increase of smoking prevalence from 7th to 12th grades of any ethnic groups – a seven-fold increase. This new data along with local studies showing a startling tobacco use prevalence among some AAPI males reinforces the great need to address AAPI youth tobacco issues.
Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment and Leadership (APPEAL) has developed a highly innovative leadership curriculum for youth adapted from the existing Creating New Mountains APPEAL Leadership Program (which has trained more than 100 AAPI community leaders to address tobacco control in their communities) and Guam’s long-running Youth for Youth program. This program is the first of its kind specifically designed for AAPI youth using a culturally tailored approach that reinforces the richness in the diverse AAPI culture while addressing tobacco.
In this session, the presenter will provide 1) an overview of prevalence data for AAPI youth, 2) an overview of the National APPEAL Youth Leadership Program curriculum and the process of developing a youth program tailored for a specific ethnic population, and 3) recommendations for building the involvement of AAPI youth in tobacco control activities in communities across the United States and the Pacific Island jurisdictions.
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