Rebels for a cause

November 13, 2014

To influence through education and inspire through example to promote a tobacco free world.

Rebels for a Cause is made up of roughly 65 high school students (juniors and seniors) drawn from three Health Occupation Programs spanning the tri-county area; Clackamas County's Schellenberg Health Services, Multnomah County's Madison Health Services and Washington County's Beaverton Health Services.

These Providence Ambassadors are a student-led group using the power of "cool" to take an anti-tobacco message out to middle school and high school students.

The goal is prevention by influencing the perception of tobacco to reduce the number of youth who start using tobacco.

In addition to Providence School Outreach mentors, two physicians, and a Respiratory Therapist from Providence also serve as medical mentors for the Rebels. Partnership and support is also provided by Health Occupations Teachers located at each school. Being involved with Rebels for a Cause allows students to use volunteer hours to count for CRLE credits (Career Related Learning Experience) which are required for high school graduation in Oregon.

Some examples of the things that Rebels are involved in:

  • Developing and presenting material to middle schools in their areas
  • Developing and presenting public service announcements and print ads
  • Taking part in the National Great American Smoke Out, National Kick-Butts Day, and Timbers Kids Days
  • Participate in meetings, trainings and leadership development opportunities with Providence medical and administrative staff
  • Attend "Chest Watch" (live, surgical viewing example: lung thoracoscopy & lobectomy of a life-long smoker)

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