Adapted by Tessa Schwake from IDPH |

Youth from all over Iowa will gather in Ankeny June 12 for the second annual I-STEP (Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention) Summit. I-STEP is Iowa’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement. I-STEP is a partner with Helping Services as we work together on Tobacco Prevention.

“Our goal is to make the summit an eye opening experience and to gain new I-STEP members. We want this to be fun and spark interest in this organization,” said I-STEP member Bethany. “Many teenagers live for the moment and don’t realize that moment can shape their future.”

All Iowa youth between the ages of 12 and 24 are invited to the summer summit, which includes speakers, a dance, and a candlelight vigil. The event is free of charge, and buses are being provided to and from the summit from 20 locations around the state, with routes beginning in Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Dubuque and Ottumwa.

To learn more about the summit and how to attend, or on at Facebook at

The tobacco youth groups that I get to work with have finished up for the school year, so I won’t be coordinating this trip. But it’s a great opportunity, and I encourage all youth to go to this Summit if you can.

If you’re interested in learning or doing more tobacco prevention at your high school, contact me,  Tessa,  563-387-1720 or

Being part of a Youth Prevention Group is a great way to:

  • Build new friendships
  • Gain unique leadership skills
  • Collect service/volunteer hours
  • Learn unique facts to impress your friends
  • Be part of social change at your school

60 Thousand kids in Iowa, now under the age of 18, will die prematurely from smoking.  8.6 million people in the US will have at least one serious illness caused by smoking. You don't have to become a statistic.

The Maquoketa Valley Teens Eliminating Lies group sent out this message through one of their “Cup the Fence” marketing campaigns.

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