Between 1997 and 2001, the National Education Association Health Information Network, Washington, supported a pilot project—called Kids Act to Control Tobacco! (Kids ACT!)—to increase the number of youth and parent tobacco-control advocates in Connecticut and Maryland.
The project was a partnership of the National Education Association Health Information Network and and the Connecticut and Maryland Parent Teachers Associations.
Project staff collaborated with the RWJF-funded National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids and coalitions in Connecticut and Maryland of the RWJF-funded SmokeLess States® Program, which works on statewide strategies to reduce tobacco use through education, treatment, and policy initiatives.
Based on those findings and a literature search of youth advocacy, the project produced a revised curriculum that is based on a four-step advocacy model.