Y Street announced 24 recipients of the $2,000 Y Street Mini-Grants for FY12-13. These grants are awarded to local student organizations in Virginia for encouraging active youth to become a part of Y Street and its mission. Each recipient will host a Y Street Training in their community which will train 30-50 youth and one adult coordinator. Last year’s Y Street Mini-Grants produced 629 new Y Street Members who successfully completed 999 projects and volunteered 2,913 hours (an increase of nearly 200%!). Y Street – one of VFHY’s multiple marketing strategies – is a statewide association of high school youth advocates, who are working to enlighten their peers as to the consequences of tobacco use. Y Street strives to cause cultural change in Virginia’s youth by deglamorizing tobacco and instilling pride in a smoke-free lifestyle.
Since 2004, more than 5,000 teens from all across Virginia have attended a training offered by Y Street. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) named Y Street the winner of its 2011 Youth Advocates of the Year (YAYA) Group Award. To learn more, go to www.ystreet.org
Prevention Connections is funding 50 Walk to School Day celebrations at schools across Virginia on Wednesday Oct. 3. State and local officials will join more than 100 children to walk to Richmond’s Linwood Holton Elementary. The walk will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Once Upon A Vine at 4009 MacArthur Ave.
Funded by grants from Prevention Connections, the Virginia Walk to School Day events aim to promote increased physical activity among schoolchildren, as well as create sustainable changes to support yearlong walking and biking to school. More than 4,000 International Walk to School Day events will be held at schools across the United States on Oct. 3, as well as in 40 other nations.
“We hope this event will inspire communities across Virginia to participate in the national Safe Routes to School program,” says Cathleen Grzesiek, chair of Prevention Connections. “The number of children who walk and bike to school has decreased by 73 percent over the last 40 years, and we need to turn that around.”
As of 2009, 13 percent of children ages 5 to 14 walked or bicycled to school, compared to 48 percent of students in 1969, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) 2009 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS).
Lees Corner Elementary, Brookfield Elementary, and Woodley Hills Elementary
1 additional schools to be determined
Galax Elementary, Galax Middle
1 additional school to be determined
Thomas Harrison Middle School, Spotswood Elementary School, Stone Spring Elementary School, John C. Meyers Elementary School, Ottobine Elementary School, Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Cub Run Elementary School, Skyline Middle School
3 schools to be determined
TC Miller Elementary, Perrymont Elementary, R. S. Payne Elementary, Linkhorne Elementary, Dearington Elementary, Bass Elementary, Paul Munro Elementary
Madison Primary School
Mount Olivet Elementary School
Carver Elementary, Cary Elementary, Chimborazo Elementary, Fox Elementary, George Mason Elementary, Greene Elementary, Linwood Holton Elementary, Miles Jones Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, Reid Elementary, Stuart Elementary,
Booker T. Washington Elementary, Driver Elementary, Northern Shores Elementary, Kilby Shores Elementary, Hillpoint Elementary, Creekside Elementary, John Yeates Middle School
Meadowview Elementary School
Berkeley Glenn Elementary, Kate Collins Elementary, Wenonah Elementary, William Perry Elementary Scho