The Targeted Prevention and Intervention Unit understands the importance of health and wellness for all students and acknowledges the challenges and barriers that youth face on a daily basis.  Our goal is to equip all SCUSD students, with an intentional focus on grades 6th – 12th, with a better understanding of the danger of tobacco use and the impact on themselves and the community. Through our collaboration with the following partners: Always Knocking, Inc., Earth Mama Healing, Inc., People Reaching Out (PRO), La Familia Counseling Center, Center for Multicultural Cooperation California (CMCC), Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) and Kaiser, SCUSD students have the opportunity to engage in fun and exciting activities both on their sites and within their communities.  



Include, but are not limited to:


  • Minnesota Smoking Prevention Program

  • Girls Empowered

  • Brief Intervention Services

  • Cessation Services

  • Tobacco related activities and special events

  • Community engagement opportunities


Students have the opportunity to participate in meaningful, social gatherings with peers to actively engage and/or give feedback on school site initiatives around tobacco, drug and alcohol usage.  Some of the various clubs and events include:


  • Friday Night Live

  • Club Live

  • Red Ribbon Week

  • Hackademy Awards

  • Don’t Buy the Lie

  • Nightmare on Nicotine Street

  • Go B’Nanas

  • Community Service

  • Youth Tobacco Advisory Council





Youth Tobacco Advisory Council (YTAC)

In alignment with SCUSD’s Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) programming, the Youth Tobacco Advisory Committee (YTAC) is a collaborative of SCUSD students working together to address school and community issues related to tobacco and other drug use.

If you have a student who may need some additional support or guidance around TUPE related issues, please submit a referral HERE 

To learn more about TUPE please contact Miamah Reed (916) 643-7934 or



Program Highlights

Breathe California, an organization dedicated to clean air, lung health and tobacco-free communities, conducts an annual PSA contest sponsored by CVS Pharmacy for middle and high school students to engage teens in fighting the glamorization of tobacco use in popular media by promote the idea of being the first tobacco free generation. The contest winners are celebrated at the Breathe Youth Media Awards every February. This year’s award ceremony was held on February 24, 2018 at 614 Alhambra Blvd.


This past February, Mckiaha Johnson from Cal Middle School, the sole member of our very own Youth Tobacco Advisory Committee, took home the 1st place prize in the category #BeTheBoldest!

Congrats Mckiaha for being the boldest!




The door decorating contest is an intinional effort to engage elementary school youth in fun, relevant, educational activities. Students decorate their classroom doors incorporating the theme “Smoking is despicable.”  Their collective creativity inspired many glamorous doors sceen above. Seen below is the winners, Ms. Wards class!