carlos-mondesir-web.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE — Carlos Mondesir, a senior attending Dillard High School, recently was elected to the Youth Advocacy Board for Florida’s Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT).

Mondesir is president of the Kappa Leadership Development League SWAT chapter, and will represent Broward County Region 4 on the State Board.

He also is a student ambassador for the Broward League of Cities, and cadet lieutenant colonel, wing commander for the Dillard High School JROTC. 

“I feel both humbled and honored that the members of SWAT placed their trust in me,” said Carlos. “They voted for who they believe would best serve and not try to be served.”

The Youth Advocacy Board works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program and Tobacco Free Florida to determine the direction and scope of both the SWAT organization and the youth tobacco prevention component of the statewide media campaign.

The mission of SWAT is to mobilize, educate and equip Florida youth to de-glamorize the use of tobacco. They are a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco-free future. Through their efforts, they shape tobacco-free norms, making tobacco less desirable, less acceptable and less accessible.

SWAT was created in 1998 for youth to help lead their peers to reduce teen smoking and to highlight the risk of tobacco use among youth. Florida youth named and designed the SWAT framework and the “Truth” marketing campaign.

There are 10 SWAT chapters functioning in Broward County – eight in middle and high schools, and two community based that actively educate their communities through participation in school, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings, community events and presentations to local businesses and government officials.

Members of the newly elected SWAT Youth Advocacy Board will serve a term through June 30, 2013.

For more information on Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) in Broward County visit: browardchd.org/tobacco.aspx