Grants will train teen volunteers across Virginia to promote healthy lifestyles
RICHMOND- The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) has awarded $48,000 in grants to 24 high schools across Virginia to start or support chapters of VFHY’s award-winning Y Street teen volunteer group. One of VFHY’s multiple marketing strategies, Y Street is a statewide association of high school youth advocates who work to create positive social change through projects designed to educate community members about the benefits of living an active, nutritious and tobacco-free lifestyle.
Y Street was named the top youth advocacy group for tobacco-use prevention in the nation in 2011 by the Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. VFHY’s Y Street teen volunteers have been invited to testify before the FDA and have worked on tobacco-use and obesity prevention issues with top government officials, including the U.S. Surgeon General, Virginia’s governor, Virginia’s first lady and Virginia’s commissioner of health. Since 2004, more than 8,000 teens statewide have participated in Y Street.
Y Street grants are awarded to local student organizations in Virginia for encouraging teens to become a part of Y Street and to support its mission. Each grant recipient will host a Y Street training event in their community, training at least 20 teens and one adult coordinator to become a working Y Street chapter. In 2014 Y Street added 642 new teen members, who collectively volunteered more than 6,000 hours.
The recipients of the 2016 Y Street grants are:
Brentsville District High School (Nokesville)
Cave Spring High School (Roanoke)
Colonial Forge High School (Stafford)
Cosby High School (Midlothian)
Dinwiddie High School (Dinwiddie)
George Wythe High School (Richmond)
George Wythe High School (Wytheville)
Giles High School (Pearisburg)
Granby High School (Norfolk)
Green Run High School (Virginia Beach)
Greensville County High School (Emporia)
I.C. Norcom High School (Portsmouth)
James Wood High School (Winchester)
King George High School (King George)
Lakeland High School (Suffolk)
Manchester High School (Midlothian)
Orange County High School (Orange)
Osbourn High School (Manassas)
Patriot High School (Nokesville)
Powhatan High School (Powhatan)
Tabb High School (Yorktown)
Tallwood High School (Virginia Beach)
Turner Ashby High School (Bridgewater)
Waynesboro High School (Waynesboro)
More information about applying for future Y Street grants can be found at YStreet.org.
About the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth:
Established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth empowers Virginia’s youth to make healthy choices by promoting active, nutritious and tobacco-free living. Since the Foundation began its work in 2001, high school smoking in Virginia has been cut by more than 60 percent and the number of middle school smokers has dropped by more than 75 percent! The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth directly reaches about 50,000 children each year through classroom-based prevention programs in public schools, after-school programs, community centers, day cares and prevention programs across the state. VFHY’s award-winning marketing campaigns deliver prevention messaging to more than 850,000 children annually. For more information, visit VFHY.org.
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