Youth Tobacco Prevention Advocate, Healthy Communities Wyandotte

healthy-communities_unified-government_header*** This position is funded through AmeriCorps VISTA, a national anti-poverty service program. There is no traditional pay, but participants receive a living allowance and limited benefits (see details below). The successful applicant will serve a one-year term in Wyandotte County, KS working to increase knowledge of healthy lifestyle behaviors. ***

DESCRIPTION Despite the success of tobacco policy nationally and locally, tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the nation. Unfortunately, Wyandotte County experiences a disproportionately high adult smoking rate, 25%, compared to Kansas at 18%. This high smoking rate, in part due to predatory targeting of poor and minority communities by the tobacco industry, is a leading contributor to the county’s low health rankings. This position will work on tobacco prevention advocacy as outlined below, in conjunction with the Tobacco Free Wyandotte Action Team and a newly created youth tobacco advocacy coalition. It is a one-year commitment through the AmeriCorps VISTA program.


  • Research youth tobacco coalition structures and programming
  • Assist in writing grant application to support youth tobacco coalition activities
  • Establish and facilitate youth tobacco prevention advocacy coalition, including recruitment and supporting youth in tobacco policy advocacy. Possible advocacy issues include tobacco-free parks, Tobacco 21 implementation, and more.
  • Work with housings stakeholders to increase smoke-free apartment policies to protect families from secondhand smoke.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Ability to work well as a team and with diverse partners and communities
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Commitment to improving community health throughout Wyandotte County
  • Passion for fostering youth leadership and activism


  • Demonstrated understanding of tobacco policy and health inequity
  • Knowledge of public health and/or community health
  • Experience working with groups of middle or high school aged youth

HOURS Full time. Some evenings and weekends may be required.

PAY & BENEFITS VISTA members do not get paid, but receive a modest, monthly living allowance to help cover basic necessities (roughly $900/month). VISTA members who successfully complete a term of service are also eligible to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 to pay for college or to pay off student loans, or an end-of-service cash stipend of $1,500. Additional benefits include training, limited health care benefits, relocation expenses, student loan forbearance or deferment and non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position. You may also be eligible for childcare assistance should you need it.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Application deadline is September 30, 2016. Please send a resume and cover letter to Healthy Communities Wyandotte,ATTN: Alyssa Carodine, 619 Ann Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101 or by e-mail.