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