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. See a demonstration of the website and get information on how to get started here.
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.
Who Benefits from Second Chance?
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:
- Receive individualized support with setting up and using the program to consistently and effectively enforce expectations while supporting students who may be addicted to nicotine
- Enroll students in the Second Chance program
- Assign student usernames and passwords
- Track student progress in the program
- Analyze aggregate student demographics
- Review aggregate pre- and post-survey results
Second Chance Content
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:
- Community: tobacco and other nicotine products; myths & facts; big tobacco tactics; tobacco laws and policies
- School: laws & schools; teen opinions & norms; hooked on nicotine; influences
- Home: costs of smoking, vaping, and chewing; communication and refusal skills; prevention and cessation strategies
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 Website Resources
Second Chance Student Program Website
Second Chance Administrator Program Website
Second Chance Demonstration WebsiteA brief overview and instructions on how to get started
Second Chance Resources
Second Chance FlierIncludes information on the program rationale, specifications, goals, and objectives
Second Chance Frequently Asked Questions
Getting Started with Second ChanceA step-by-step guide for program administrators to enroll.
Getting Ready to use Second ChanceA step-by-step guide for program administrators to implement the program.
Second Chance School Agreement - enrollment agreement
Second Chance Organization Agreement - enrollment agreement
Second Chance Student Information - student enrollment form
Second Chance Parent/Guardian Notification Form - English
Second Chance Parent/Guardian Notification Form - Spanish
Second Chance Program 2018-2019 Evaluation Infographic
Second Chance Administrator Files
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.