Tobacco Prevention Advocate

­­*** This position is funded through AmeriCorps VISTA, a national anti-poverty service program. There is no traditional pay, but participants receive a living allowance and limited benefits (see details below). The successful applicant will serve a one-year term in Wyandotte County, KS working to decrease rates of tobacco use. *** 

Despite the success of tobacco policy nationally and locally, tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the nation. Unfortunately, Wyandotte County experiences a disproportionately high adult smoking rate, 25%, compared to Kansas at 18%. This high smoking rate, in part due to predatory targeting of poor and minority communities by the tobacco industry, is a leading contributor to the county’s low health rankings. This position will work on tobacco prevention advocacy as outlined below, in conjunction with the Tobacco Free Wyandotte Action Team and a newly created youth tobacco advocacy coalition. It is a one-year commitment through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. 

- Research youth tobacco coalition structures and programming

- Assist in writing grant application to support youth tobacco coalition activities

- Establish and facilitate youth tobacco prevention advocacy coalition, including recruitment and supporting youth in tobacco policy advocacy. Possible advocacy issues include tobacco-free parks, Tobacco 21 implementation, and more.

- Work with housing stakeholders to increase smoke-free apartment policies to protect families from secondhand smoke.

Bachelor's degree
Experience working with groups of middle school or high school aged youth
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
Excellent written and verbal skills
Commitment to improving community health throughout Wyandotte County

Full time. Some evenings and weekends may be required.

VISTA members do not get paid, but receive a modest, monthly living allowance to help cover basic necessities (roughly $900/month). VISTA members who successfully complete a term of service are also eligible to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 to pay for college or to pay off student loans, or an end-of-service cash stipend of $1,500.

Additional benefits include training, limited health care benefits, relocation expenses, student-loan forbearance or deferment and non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position. You may also be eligible for childcare assistance should you need it.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Healthy Communities Wyandotte, ATTN: Rebecca Garza, 619 Ann Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101 or by e-mail to