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Young people across the state will have the opportunity to participate in the 14th Annual No Limits Kick Butts Day Rally this March in Lincoln.

No Limits, Nebraska’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement, is now accepting applications to participate in the two-day event which is being held on March 19-20.

The event is open to Nebraska youth ages 12-18 in grades 7-12 and will include a workshop on March 19 and a rally on the steps of the Nebraska State Capitol on March 20.

Youth participants will also have the opportunity to meet with state senators to discuss how tobacco impacts young people throughout the state.

Kick Butts Day is a nationwide event promoted by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to encourage youth to stand out, speak up and seize control in the fight against Big Tobacco. Additional information about tobacco use, including state-by-state statistics, can be found at TobaccoFreeKids.org.

Brooklyn Larimore, No Limits youth board co-chair, said participants can make an impression on lawmakers, but will also learn how they can influence attitudes toward tobacco use in their own hometowns.

“Youth have led the way in promoting tobacco-free parks policies in several Nebraska communities,” Larimore said through a released statement. “And we can make a difference by raising awareness of misleading marketing used by the tobacco industry to sell their products to our generation.”

The event also serves as an opportunity for young people to learn about leadership skills and pursuing causes they are passionate about, said No Limits Project Coordinator Molly Kincaid.

“We give our No Limits Youth Board members the reins for Kick Butts Day,” she said. “It’s important to give them the experience and ownership to make this event their own. Every year, they grasp just how big of an impact they can make by uniting under a common goal.”

The No Limits Kick Butts Day Rally is free for accepted applicants and includes lodging, food and transportation to and from Lincoln. Groups are encouraged to have an adult sponsor, but sponsors are not required.

Applications must be submitted by Feb. 13. More information and application forms are available at NoLimitsNebraska.com or by contacting 866-FYI-TEEN (866-394-8336) or info@NoLimitsNebraska.com.

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