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SWAT Youth Filmed a SWAT Video and Held a Recruitment Event at Back to School Bash
July 28, 2018

On July 28, 2018, Our Village Okeechobee held their annual back to school expo where students from around Okeechobee County attended and received free backpacks and school supplies, as well as learned about resources and opportunities available to them at school and in the community.

The Okeechobee County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Program set up a booth at this event to reach the 700+ youth participants with tobacco prevention information and to recruit members for the school-based SWAT programs. 

Pictured are SWAT youth: Kristina, Mariah and Cheska

During this event the SWAT youth educated the attendees that this was the SWAT programs 20th Birthday and made a video saying “Happy Birthday SWAT Club” in 20 different languages. 

SWAT aims to empower, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against Big Tobacco. SWAT is a movement of empowered youth working together to de-glamorize tobacco use. Their efforts aim to shape tobacco-free norms, make tobacco less desirable, less acceptable, and less accessible.

For more information on local youth tobacco prevention efforts, visit or contact Courtney Moyett, Okeechobee County's Tobacco Prevention Specialist, at