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
VFHY’s award winning youth-led empowerment movement – Y Street – had one of its own members honored before more than 400 public health, political, civic and business leaders at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ 16th annual gala in Washington, D.C. on Thursday May 17.
Judy Hou has been named the 2012 Southern Region Youth Advocate of the Year by the CTFK for her leadership in the fight against tobacco. With Y Street, she has surveyed Virginians to demonstrate they want smoke-free restaurants, and helped lead the Meltdown campaign, which focused attention on dissolvable and other smokeless tobacco products.
Judy was asked to provide testimony of Meltdown’s findings to the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, and has presented to Virginia’s two U.S. senators and Attorney General. Judy was also invited to attend the FDA Youth Stakeholder meeting in Boston, as well as the FDA’s Washington news conference to unveil new graphic warning labels for cigarettes. Y Street was the winner of the 2011 Youth Advocates of the Year Group Award from CTFK.