Community-based Participatory Project
Our wellness initiative relies on community participation to produce appropriate changes in the Project region. The Project Advisory Council assists and supports the Tribal Youth Ambassadors for Tobacco Control by providing recommendations and approaches to community-based tobacco control efforts. The participation of the Advisory Council to gain public support and involvement within their local communities promotes Native community wellness and resiliency.
The 9-member Advisory Council meets bi-monthly throughout the 5-year Project. It is composed of diverse members of the Native and wider communities in the Project region. The Advisory Council may form Ad Hoc Committees to assist with project activities and further Native Peoples’ involvement in controlling and preventing commercial tobacco use in Native communities and all communities. To learn more about the Advisory Council, see the By-Laws and Organizational Chart.
Advisory Council By-Laws
Advisory Council Organizational Chart coming soon
Brandon Schmidt, Chairperson – My name is Brandon Schmidt and I’m pomo from Sherwood Valley Rancheria. I’m interested in tobacco prevention because I think it is a problem for our indigenous community. I believe it is a gateway drug and an unhealthy hobby to use to cope with stress and boredom. I believe there are safer hobbies to have and better ways to fit in and look “cool.” Traditional tobacco is sacred. We use it for prayer and goodness. It is not something we should abuse and use recklessly.
If you are interested in serving on the Advisory Council or one of its Ad Hoc Committees, please use fill out the Advisory Council questionnaire at this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L5VMR3D and a project staff member will contact you.