In this episode, we’re going to find out what teens are really saying when it comes to vaping. What’s happening at school? In sports? How can you make the right decisions? Three young leaders discuss their experiences with vaping, and we hear from Christin D’Ovdio from the Save Your Breathe NH campaign on how to change the message youth are seeing about vaping.
More about our guests:
Amelia Opsahl is going into her Senior year at Keene High School, where she enjoys taking classes in math and French and is a member of the National Honors Society. Amelia is involved in several extracurriculars; she is the president of the Student Council, the Student Athletic Leadership Association, and the French Club, and is also a member of the Student Leadership Committee at the NHIAA. Amelia has participated in Varsity Indoor track and Outdoor track since her Freshman year and is excited to be going to her third season as Captain of the Varsity Cross-Country team.
Elsa Rogers is a junior at Dover High School. She is involved in programs including the Governor’s Youth Advisory Council, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and Dover Youth 2 Youth. Elsa believes in taking action in youth drug prevention to protect her peers and community.
Macy Graves is a high school senior involved in the PA Leadership Council of Athletics (LCA) and NHIAA Student Leadership Committee (SLC), as well as teams including the Global Premier Soccer NH (7 years), Seacoast United FC Bedford, Pinkerton Girls Varsity Soccer (3 years), and UMass Amherst Women’s Soccer 2025.
Christin H. D’Ovidio, MFA, CCPH, is a Media & Communication Project Director at JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc./John Snow, Inc. Ms. D’Ovidio works directly with clients to research, plan and implement media and marketing initiatives and creates social marketing programs to incite behavior change for good. She is experienced in research and campaign development for drug, alcohol, and tobacco prevention and cessation, coordinated chronic disease, oral health, and asthma, to name a few. Her skills include program development, management, and evaluation, formative research, social media, media production, brand development, web, and social measurement. Her project teams have won national awards in 2017, 2018, and 2019. She is a Certified Communicator in Public Health and is an adjunct professor at Rivier University.
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This episode was hosted by Claire Garand, and produced by Media Power Youth. This podcast is made possible by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. You can learn more about their work at dhhs.nh.gov. Music +32 by Steve Combs on the album Steve Combs.