Skin Smart Campus
YOUR SKIN IS IN & SKIN SMART CAMPUS
Over the past 10 years, IMPACT Melanoma has exposed over a million students to this award-winning, educational program. Middle school, high school and college students can enhance their resumes by joining our ambassador program.
Are you a young melanoma survivor that would like to share your experience with students? Click here to join our Speakers Bureau!
IMPACT Melanoma has partnered with The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to promote the Indoor Tan-Free Skin Smart Campus Initiative which encourages U.S. universities and colleges to promote skin cancer prevention policies and education on campus.
Are you a Your Skin Is In Ambassador? Learn more about incorporating this initiative on your campus here!
How To Get Started
IF YOU ARE A MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE STUDENT YOU CAN BECOME A YOUR SKIN IS IN AMBASSADOR AT YOUR SCHOOL!
Take the eLearning course to educate yourself and others about skin cancer. After you’ve finished, download our convenient toolkit for ideas on bringing awareness to your school!
Becoming a Your Skin Is In Ambassador is a unique opportunity to include on your resume. If you are passionate about sun safety, are interested in entering the health industry, or you just want to share this important life saving information with your family and friends, this is a great opportunity for you!
ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
College students who are Your Skin Is In Ambassadors, here’s a great additional opportunity to make a difference on your campus and a great resume builder! By participating in the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, Indoor Tan-Free Skin Smart Campus initiative, your college/university will be named a “Tan-Free” campus by prohibiting indoor tanning devices on campus and in affiliated buildings, as well as by promoting skin cancer prevention education. By making your campus a Skin Smart Campus, you are helping to protect your fellow students against the dangers of tanning beds, (did you know using a tanning bed just once a month increases your risk of melanoma by 59%!?) We are here to provide support for you along the way and when speaking with your school’s administrators about this initiative. For more information about the Skin Smart Campus initiative visit: SkinSmartCampus.org.
Calling All Teachers! Bring Your Skin Is In to your classroom - empower your students to stay sun-safe year round!
Used in classrooms and college campuses nationwide, this award-winning program focuses on the prevention of melanoma, the second most common form of cancer for young people ages 15-29.
Perfect for health and science classes, this easy to use, engaging eLearning lesson includes a trivia game that keeps score and provides answers, interactive video scenarios, UV damage photos, videos, a quiz and more! A teacher’s guide and answer key is included. Teach the complete course in just 45 minutes or use individual sections as time allows with your students.
Request a box here filled with goodies, t-shirts, posters, SPF 15 lip balm, UV bracelets and more that you can use as prizes during the trivia game and for students who are inspired to spread the word!
CHECK OUT THESE POWERFUL VIDEOS
Feel free to show these to your friends and family to share the important message.
Know What To Say
Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to communicate with a peer when you are faced with something you don’t want to do – or when you are trying to influence your peers in a positive way. Here are a couple tips to help you communicate your sun-safe knowledge to your friends.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!
Offering some concrete facts strengthens your position and helps you feel more confident in what you are saying. For example, a friend who tells you they don’t worry about the sun because they tan easily might be interested to know that both burns and tans can cause skin cancer.
THINK OF AN ALTERNATIVE
Figure out what your friend’s goal is – do they want to look good for the prom? Or, do they not care about looking tan, but want to spend the day on the beach? Offer suggestions such as going to the mall to check out self tanner or buying a sun umbrella to take along to the beach.
OFFER YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
A personal story often has the most impact and is memorable.
“I played a trivia game in health class and we watched a video of melanoma survivors telling their stories. It was amazing how young some of the survivors were. Since then, I’ve started using sunscreen.”
“My grandmother had melanoma, so I definitely want to do whatever I can to protect my skin.”
Joke around about not wanting wrinkles etc – it might help get your point across in a lighthearted way.
SET A GOOD EXAMPLE
You might not be able to convince someone right away, but if you are always applying sunscreen before soccer practice, eventually they might ask you about it.