For Coordinators

State coordinators are the backbone of Tar Wars and are important to the overall grassroots success of the program. Coordinators are responsible for the organization, operation, and administration of Tar Wars in their state. They also run the state's annual poster contest.

Some states may also have regional or co-coordinators. Their role is to collaborate with the lead coordinator in their state.

Local coordinators are not listed on the state contact page and are encouraged to communicate with and work in conjunction with their state's regional coordinators.

Both state and regional coordinators must accept the terms of their position as outlined by AAFP Tar Wars before they can be listed on the contact page for their state.

Contact Information
Coordinator Resources
  • Coordinator Guide(3 page PDF)

    Tips for coordinating Tar Wars in your state and/or community.

  • Tar Wars Program Guide(

    Contains information about the Tar Wars program and classroom activities for your presenters to use.

  • Presenter Brochure(5 page PDF)

    Provides a quick overview of the Tar Wars program and presentation requirements for potential presenters.

  • Star Awards

    The Tar Wars Star Awards honor individuals and organizations who have significantly contributed to the Tar Wars effort. Nominate someone for a Star Award and view recent winners.

Student Contests
  • Poster Contest

    Deadlines, criteria, and entry forms for the poster content.

  • Video Contest

    Deadlines, criteria, and entry forms for the video contest.

Suggested Timeline for Implementing Tar Wars

August – October

  • Read the Coordinator Guide.
  • Send participation letters and forms to potential schools and presenters.



  • Match schools with available presenters.

January – March

  • Oversee Tar Wars presentations and poster contests.
  • Set deadline for schools to submit their winning poster.
  • Plan your state poster contest: set date, secure location, select judges, prepare scoring sheet, solicit prize donations, and arrange for media coverage.

April – May

  • Submit nominations for Tar Wars Star Award.
  • Conduct state poster contest.
  • Submit winning state poster to AAFP Tar Wars.

June – July

  • Plan to attend the Tar Wars National Conference.
  • Schedule legislative visits.
  • Submit coordinator year-end summary to AAFP Tar Wars.