As part of a long-term strategy to make sun safety a sustainable and community-based effort, SunWise has expanded from a traditional K-8 classroom audience to include a number of informal education, sports, and non-profit sun protection organizations. By forming partnerships, we are able to pursue a more comprehensive approach to teaching children and caregivers about sun safety. The idea is to reinforce sun safety messages throughout the community—not just in K-8 classrooms—to get people to change their behavior when it comes to protecting themselves from the harmful health effects of UV exposure.
The University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute works to prevent and cure skin cancer by uniting innovative research, clinical care, education and community outreach.
The Skin Cancer Institute offers Project SASS (Students are Sun Safe), which is an interactive sun safety presentation for middle school and high school students. Project SASS is taught by graduate and undergraduate students who complete a structured training program. University of Arizona students who complete Project SASS training can serve as peer educators and can receive academic credit for their outreach.
Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) works throughout the year to conduct outreach among Oregon teachers and promote sun safety education in the classroom.
Let’s Get Healthy is an education and research program based out of OHSU. Free health fairs are hosted throughout Oregon to help participants learn about their personal health (such as their diet, body fat composition, and blood chemistry). These health fairs also include sun safety and skin cancer prevention education.
- summer camp programs
- planetarium shows
- children's theater
- special events
- To learn more about the SunWise program for Informal Education Institutions, download the brochure for Science Centers (PDF).
The National Skin Education Foundation is a nonprofit foundation whose leadership is comprised of the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (FSDDS) officers. The Foundation sponsors an essay contest among Florida elementary school children to help educate children and parents about the importance of sun safety and to promote literacy.
SunWise, in partnership with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS), has developed a tool kit specifically designed for broadcast and operational meteorologists. The kit is intended to assist meteorologists in educating children about UV radiation and sun protection.
- Fun, educational and interactive activities for school group presentations. The activities are designed to take minimal time and be easily incorporated into weather presentations.
- A UV-sensitive frisbee. Several activities in the tool kit require the use of the Frisbee, which turns bright purple when exposed to UV radiation.
- If you would like a copy of the Meteorologist Tool Kit, you may download the tool kit activities (PDF).