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.