Check out the newest edition of the 2008 AAYAT Winter Newsletter to get updates on new youth activities and tobacco programming for the project from around the state of Ohio.

Ohio’s stand youth movement recognized it’s outstanding youth teams today with the announcement of team level placements for the 07-08 program year. Congratulations to the Dayton AAYAT team for being recognized as a “Gold Level” stand team for the year. In order to reach Gold level, team members worked extremely hard planning tobacco-free advocacy activities, participating in community outreach about tobacco issues, meeting with local, state and federal legislators, and educating younger youth about the harmful effects of tobacco.

Dayton AAYAT - Project SUSO

On Wednesday, December 19, 2007, Asian American Youth Against Tobacco (AAYAT) worked collaboratively with staff from the Asian American Community Services (AACS) in Columbus to host a legislative meet and greet event with Rep. Jay Goyal of Mansfield. The event was held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center on E. Dublin-Granville Rd. in Columbus from 6:30-8:30 pm. The evening began with a welcome from AACS Executive Director, Lhakpa Tsering M.A. and AAYAT Project Director, Jennifer Brindle, M.Ed. A youth testimonial was presented by a former participant in the Project TNT (Towards No Tobacco) program sponsored by AACS. Kunal Parikh, a third-year youth intern from the Columbus chapter, had the honor of presenting, guest speaker, Rep. Jay Goyal’s esteemed accomplishments and introduction. Rep. Goyal spoke to a full audience of youth and parents about his experiences as growing up, the pressures that youth face in reaching for success, and his journey serving in the Ohio House of Representatives. A native of Mansfield, Rep. Goyal was elected to serve as House Representative for the 73rd District in November 2006 at the age of 26 and is one of the first Asian Americans to serve the honor in Ohio. Upon completion of Rep. Goyal’s Columbus AAYAT presented a youth panel discussion about the pressures of being youth and Asian American, their experiences in AAYAT and community service, and advice for other youth who are interested in getting involved in their community. Panelists included AAYAT interns, Eileen Liu, a senior at Worthington-Kilbourne High School, Marissa Liu, a sophmore at Worthinton-Kilbourne High School, Kunal Parikh, a senior at Reynoldsburg High School, and mentor, Hans Li, a sophomore at The Ohio State University. Quyen Do and Tina Patrick from Cincinnati AAYAT were also present at the event. Columbus AAYAT would like to thank the following individuals for their hard work in making this event possible: Rep. Jay Goyal and his legislative aide, Annette Rex; Gothai Jayaraj, Shoma Smith, and Lhakpa Tsering from Asian American Community Services.

Columbus AAYAT and Staff from AACS

AACS Executive Director, Lhakpa Tsering, welcoming everyone to the event.Youth testimonial from Project TNTKunal Parikh introduction for Rep. Goyal.Rep. Jay Goyal of the 73rd District in Mansfield.AAYAT Youth Panel


Join AAYAT teams from across Ohio as they participate in the Project SUSO Remix Challenge sponsored by stand ( For more information on Project SUSO Remix visit If you are interested in joining AAYAT in the challenges check out the team page for your area and contact your local Regional Coordinator. Here are the challenges for Round 1, which ends on February 18, 2008. Good luck to all the teams participating!!

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Youth from the Cleveland AAYAT team were recently featured in the Fall Edition of “The Asian Leader”, a quarterly newspaper serving the Asian community in Northeast Ohio. Peer educators presented the S.T.A.M.P. youth prevention program to elementary and middle school youth from the CAM Summer Program in Cleveland’s Chinatown/Midtown Neighborhood. A big thank you to Mr. Azzad Khaira, Editor and Publisher, for his generous donation of space and support for the article. If you are interested in getting more information about “The Asian Leader”, please email Mr. Khaira at Read the rest of this entry »

On November 17, Cleveland AAYAT partnered with the Asian American Alliance from Case Western Reserve University to host the 4th Annual Smoke-Free Karaoke Sing-Off at Bo Loong Chinese Restaurant in Cleveland. This year the theme was “Thank You for Being Smoke Free” to celebrate recent legislation in Ohio making all bars and restaurants non-smoking. Anthony, the owner of Bo Loongs, has been a long time supporter of Cleveland AAYAT and the smoke-free message that the group communicates in the surrounding Asian communities of Cleveland. Nearly 75 youth and seniors attended the Read the rest of this entry »

The newest edition of AAYAT’s “Around the State” Newsletter is now available.

Summer 2007 Newsletter

On September 1, Akron AAYAT and their friends from the Akron Chinese Christian Church gathered for a “Day of Advocacy” and fun at Montrose Towne Center on the westside of Akron. The group passed out “Stay Tobacco Free” necklaces and no-smoking lollipops in front of storefronts including the Mustard Seed Market, Acme, and Strickland Ice Cream. The group then gathered at the corner of Medina Rd. and Cleveland-Massilon Roads to present the “Human Billboard”. Everyone held up signs for drivers educating them that “Every 8 seconds someone in the world dies from tobacco-related illnesses”. As drivers honked, participants cheered thanking them for their support. After some activism, everyone then moved on to play a few games of laser tag at LaserQuest Akron, then finished off the day with dinner and a “Thank You Section” at Chipotle. Check out our event pictures below. Read the rest of this entry »

On Thursday August 26, Cincinnati AAYAT hosted their first “Thank You Section” event at Crossgate Lanes in Blue Ash, Ohio. Team members dressed in their orange “Thank You Section” shirts from stand and took to the bowling lanes passing out prizes to youth patrons and playing a couple games. During the event, the team presented the manager with an award plaque for supporting Ohio’s new smokefree law and continuing to provide a clean air enviroment for patrons. Cincinnati AAYAT would like to thank the following businesses for their assistance with the event:

Crossgate Bowling Lanes, 4320 Hunt Road Blue Ash, Ohio 513-891-0310

Papa Johns Pizza, 4920 Hunt Road Blue Ash, Ohio 513-791-4441

On Saturday, August 25, the Dayton AAYAT chapter hosted a picnic and the “Great Race” at Stubbs Park in Centerville. Nearly 30 youth participated in the event activities, which were planned one hundred percent by the Dayton AAYAT recruiting committee members: Mira Trivedi (chair), Frances Yen, Sumeta Sachdeva, and Annie Lee. Food was provided by two local restaurants which were provided with “Thank You Section” t-shirts from stand for their helpful efforts. After the picnic, participants played the “Great Race”, an “Amazing Race”-like game, in which they had to complete 10 stations in the shortest time to win. Stations included: DEBUNKIFY “Myth or Fact”, the Human Cigarette Wrap with toliet paper, tobacco Pictionary, the water balloon toss, “Walk the Plank”, tobacco charades, and more. The winning teams walked away with a stand/AAYAT gear prize pack.  Check out our pictures below….

The Human Cigarette WrapDEBUNKIFY “Walk the Plank - a matching game created by DaytonThe Playground Obstacle CourseThe Water Balloon TossThe Smell of Sweet Success - A team signing off for completion of the race.Captain of the Tobacco “Myth or Fact” Station

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