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Second Chance is a web-based, interactive, and self-directed alternative to suspension education program for youth who have violated a tobacco policy at school or tobacco law in the community. The program may also be helpful for youth who may be experimenting with tobacco or other nicotine products, but have not violated policy or law.
Second Chance is free for all Colorado schools and organizations. See a demonstration of the website and get information on how to get started here. Schools and organizations outside of Colorado can purchase a subscription to Second Chance by contacting us at email@example.com.
Tobacco and nicotine use by youth is a significant health issue in Colorado. 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Data indicate that 33% of Colorado youth regularly use a tobacco product – cigarettes, chew, e-cigarettes, hookah, and cigars. E-cigarettes are the second most tried substance among Colorado youth. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado’s high school and middle school students are using e-cigarettes, or vaping nicotine products, at twice the national average.
Schools, youth-serving organizations, and juvenile justice systems can use the program as a part of a comprehensive education and prevention strategy for tobacco and other nicotine product use. Second Chance provides structure to disciplinary responses such as in-school suspension without adding additional burden to busy staff. Second Chance Program Administrators have the ability to:
Program content was recently updated to specifically address vaping, e-cigarettes, and marijuana. Information in the program is presented in three major sections: Community, School, and Home. The following information is included in each section:
Students must complete a pre- and post-survey, as well as a brief quiz after each of the three sections in order to complete the program. The length of time needed to complete the program will vary with each student and may range from 2 to 2.5 hours. Students may complete the program over multiple visits and do not have to complete the program in one sitting.
Second Chance was developed with funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (STEPP). Amendment 35 voter-approved tobacco tax funds were used to finance program development. Collaborators and funders are noted on the individual web pages and/or documents.