As of today, 346 students have been trained as TUPE Peer Educators! These young people represent middle schools, high schools, and non-traditional (continuation) schools from Antioch, Brentwood, Byron, Liberty, Mt. Diablo, Pittsburg, and West Contra Costa school districts. Peer Educators are anti-tobacco advocates, providing information, resources, and support to their peers, and inspiring all members of their school community by modeling healthy choices and leadership. 

Want to learn more about our TUPE peer educators?  Check out our new 3-minute promo video! 

TUPE Peer Education Promo Video

In addition, our countywide CourAGE Youth Health Coalition kicked off their year with a leadership retreat in August, before resuming their monthly meetings in September. 

2017-2018 CourAGE Members & Adult Allies

This year's 22 incredible members are... 
  • Brianna Griffin, Alhambra High School
  • Chinmai Srinivas, Miramonte High School
  • Drew Christie, Sequoia Middle School
  • Emma Janssen, High School (Oakland)
  • Jason Cangjaya, De Anza High School
  • Kalyn Stuart, Clayton Valley Charter HS
  • Kayla Walker, Heritage High School
  • Kiera Walker, Heritage High School
  • Madison Cicchitto, California High School
  • Mariel Esparza, Sequoia Middle School
  • Marlena Madrigal, Liberty High School
  • Mykala Boone, High School (Oakland)
  • Nathaniel Holden, College Park HS
  • Nesta Dugbarley, Heritage High School
  • Nicole McNab, Sequoia Middle School
  • Nya Taylor, Dozier Libbey Medical HS
  • Rita Ewaz, Clayton Valley Charter HS
  • Rosette Tyree, Alhambra High School
  • Ryan McNevin, Clayton Valley Charter HS
  • Sahil Chandra, Heritage High School
  • Sharlia Hall, De Anza High School
  • Susan Kresch, Clayon Valley Charter HS
CourAGE members have a big year planned, including their annual PSA Contest, a countywide youth symposium, and ongoing youth-led awareness and advocacy projects that address tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug abuse. 

A reminder that our team is here to support you as you support the health and wellness needs of your students. Please contact us any time!

November TUPE Theme: Break the Cycle! 
Great American Smokeout is November 16

Did you know? Most smokers try many times before quitting for good. Every day, week, or month without smoking is a success, not a failure. The more people try, the more they learn about how to quit and the closer they get to their goal. No cost quit/cessation resources are available at

Find additional information, activity ideas, resources, and videos for ALL of our TUPE monthly themes on our TUPE webpage

View an at-a-glance of the 2017-18 monthly themes here. (PDF) 

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Training: Brief Intervention for Substance-Using Adolescents
Thursday, November 30 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Brief Intervention is a short-term counseling intervention that consists of two to four sessions aimed at adolescents who use alcohol, tobacco and/or other drugs. Appropriate for school counselors, administrators, TUPE Site Coordinators, afterschool program staff, and community-based organization staff. Continued Education Hours (LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs) available. 

Check out the registration page or training flyer for more information. 

Community Forums: Underage Drinking & Drug Use
Are you concerned about alcohol and other drug use in your community? Mark your calendar! 

Residents are invited to talk about major issues surrounding underage alcohol and marijuana use, unused and expired prescriptions, and other drug use to influence future services in our communities. These meetings are free and open to all Contra Costa County residents especially young people. 
  • Central County Forum (Concord) | Thursday, November 2 | 5:30 PM | Flyer (PDF)
  • East County Forum (Antioch) | Thursday, November 16 | 5:30 PM | Flyer (PDF)
  • Prioritization Forum (Martinez) | Tuesday, December 12 | 9:30 AM | Flyer (PDF)

Workshop: Menthol & Big Tobacco Targeting of the African American Community
Wednesday, December 6 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dr. Valerie Yerger

Tobacco kills more people than AIDS, alcohol, car crashes, murders, suicides, other drugs, and fires... combined. Despite fewer teens smoking than ever before, tobacco is still a major health issue and it affects some communities a lot more than others. Explore the tobacco industry targeting of the African American community, health disparities, and prevention strategies.

Our featured speaker will be Dr. Valerie Yerger,  Associate Professor in Health Policy at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). 

Check out the registration page for more information and to sign up to attend.

Resource: "Let's Talk Cannabis" Webpage 
California Department of Public Health 

The new webpage, available in both English and Spanish, is science-based and addresses the following topic areas:
  • What's Legal?
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Youth
  • Parents and Mentors
  • Responsible Use
  • Helpful Resources
  • FAQs & Fact Sheets

Resource: New Tobacco-Free Kids Website
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Click here to view their completely redesigned website, with tons of resources, including: 
  • Hundreds of fact sheets searchable by topic and region
  • Advocacy toolkits
  • Easy way to get involved and take action

What we've been reading this month... 
Articles, Research, and More! 
  • Adolescent and School Health Fact Sheets
  • Study: Just One E-Cigarette With Nicotine Can Cause Heart Damage in Nonsmokers
  • "Current and Relevant Resources to Support Local Implementation of Comprehensive Sexual Health Education in California (CA) Schools" resource list
  • Article: Health Effects of New "Heat-Not-Burn" Cigarettes Still Unknown
  • Article: What You Need to Know About the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World
  • Article: California Wildfires Have Disrupted School For A Quarter Of A Million Students