Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program
In 2013, GUSD was awarded a $700,000 grant from the California Department of Education to implement the Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program. Since then, the TUPE program has been implemented in grades 6-12, for students at all GUSD middle and high schools.
The California Department of Education’s focus within the Coordinated School Health and Safety Office (CSHSO) is to provide students with knowledge and skills to enable them to be tobacco-free. Comprehensive, evidence-based tobacco-use prevention, youth development, intervention, and cessation programs are an important part of this effort and an effective strategy against four of the five leading causes of death in California: heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive lung disease, and fires caused by smoking.
GUSD uses our grant funds to place a TUPE Coordinator at each participating school. At the high school level, TUPE coordinators are responsible for coordinating activities, including tobacco cessation groups. At the middle school level, TUPE Coordinators implement Project ABCD, an innovative TUPE Program, and other youth development activities to support Tobacco Use Prevention Education.
The TUPE grant will be funded up to 36 months, from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016, contingent upon demonstration of substantial progress each year toward meeting project goals and objectives and the availability of appropriations. As part of this grant, GUSD conducts the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) every two years.