A website that can serve as a database for students and parents to learn more about recent news and research being done on e-cigarettes
Implement new lessons into the 9th and 10th grade Health Curriculum (Collaborate with the FCPS Life education program)
Lessons created in health and biology class
Talk at already popular seminars such as the Meet the Coaches and College Night. In addition, talks at the parent meeting, tobacco intervention program, intervention seminar, and staff training program.
Co-founded by Sach Thakker, a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, he strives to connect biomedical research with health literacy and advocacy
We founded NicReport as a way to educate students in the Fairfax County area (second largest county in the US) on e-cigarettes. Now certified as a 501(c)(3) we partnered with the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and Georgetown University (Medical campus).
Sach entered VCU as a freshman and continued to see the vaping epidemic among his peers in college. He noticed the health disparities being faced in Richmond and decided to expand the nonprofit's reach to the college level. He started making critical connections with the VCU Medical Center and began planning a strategy for undergraduate integration.
In the beginning of 2020, NicReport worked to create an impact not just in its home school, James Madison High, but in other local high schools. In collaboration with the Assistant Superintendent of FCPS and Principal of James Madison High we have created a country certified curriculum that is ready to be expanded to other high schools.
Prior to the COVID-19 epidemic we had plans to expand into Langley High School, Oakton High School, and South Lakes High School. Due to the fact that schools are shut down, we have moved operations to educating students and parents about the connection between COVID-19 and Vaping. In addition, we have been working closely with the FCPS work-based learning branch to help kids take their ideas into actual products to better the community.
Sach Thakker was appointed a Peer Health Educator at the VCU Wellness Center. He started his training through the WELL and applied for grant money and further training through the Clinton Global Initiative University program.
We have continued to work on the nonprofit and has enabled us to reach a national audience. We have partnered with both the “Center for Tobacco-Free kids” and the “National Association of Secondary School Principals.” Together we have created a 3-part webinar to inform, activate, and celebrate student leaders who want to unite for the topic of vaping. In addition, we have continued to teach virtual classes at over 23 high schools in the FCPS region.
Sach Thakker was accepted to Clinton Global Initiative University and received invaluable organizational training as well as grant funding from the connections he forged. He is currently in the process of implementing his curriculum to the VCU community through the VCU Wellness Center and expanding to Richmond Public Schools (RPS).