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VFHY Programs

Community Programs & Education

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) is committed to involving Virginia's communities in the effort to prevent tobacco use by youth. Local community programs provide direct interaction with young people throughout their childhoods, and are a key element in changing youth attitudes about tobacco use. This change in attitude will ultimately help prevent the initiation of tobacco use by young people.

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Positive Self-Efficacy:
The belief that a person has the power to produce a positive outcome for one’s self.

Tobacco-Use Prevention Funding

This year, VFHY is providing $3.6 million in funding to 55 grant recipients throughout the Commonwealth, directly serving 58,000 children. There are many different types of grant recipients, including nonprofit organizations, faith groups, schools, and other community groups that reach children of all ages.

When applying for funding, organizations developed their grant applications by choosing programs of their choice selected from VFHY's Compendium of Tobacco-Use Prevention Programs for Youth. This Compendium contains programs that address issues relative to tobacco use prevention, including primary tobacco use prevention education, tobacco cessation, early tobacco intervention and reduction, advocacy, youth empowerment and social skills building. Many of these evidence-based programs are recognized as model, promising, or effective tobacco prevention programs. At the same time, the range of programs found in the Compendium allows grantees to choose a program that best fits their communities.

Regional Advisory Boards

A local community connection is extremely important to VFHY. Our VFHY Board of Trustees approves members for four statewide Regional Advisory Boards, each comprised of 16 to 20 local community volunteers who oversee VFHY’s program grant review process and make funding recommendations to the VFHY Board of Trustees.


Established in 1999 by the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) empowers Virginia’s youth to make healthy choices by promoting active, nutritious and tobacco-free living.


The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth issues grants for programs and initiatives to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use and childhood obesity throughout the Commonwealth each year. 


The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth's mission includes reducing and preventing youth tobacco use.


Obesity is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth works to reduce and prevent childhood obesity by funding and training community-based coalitions.


The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has provided quality regional trainings to prevention professionals throughout the state of Virginia since 2005.