Promoting a Healthier Virginia

Y Street is the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s award-winning volunteer initiative for high school students. Since 2004, more than 8,500 Virginia teens have been trained to promote healthy, tobacco-free lifestyles.

Each year, Y Street partners with high school clubs across Virginia. Once a club is accepted into the Y Street Partner Program, Y Street recruits and trains students to work on Y Street’s campaigns promoting a healthier Virginia. The program is open to all students at that school. By participating in the Y Street program, your club or school can earn up to $2,000. Learn more below.

For Club Advisors: Fundraise For Your Club

Y Street partner schools receive up to $2,000 for their club or school while simultaneously tackling important issues related to tobacco, nutrition, and obesity prevention. As a Y Street partner school, you:

  • Help recruit high school students in your school to attend a Y Street training conducted by our program staff.
  • Earn money for your club/school as Y Street youth complete program milestones. This money can be used for whatever your club/organization needs - it’s entirely up to you.

After the training, youth can become members of Y Street and work on campaign activities throughout the year. By participating in Y Street, youth at your school will:

  • Develop leadership and activism skills. They may even attend state and national conferences to present their work!
  • Have the opportunity to earn scholarships, awards, and community service hours
  • Be involved in creating real change in their school, community, and state

Y Street covers all costs associated with the Y Street training, events, and projects. Y Street partner schools are NOT expected to utilize any portion of their grant award towards any Y Street program efforts.

Interested in the Y Street Partner Program? Start Your Application Today!

For Students: Become a Y-Ster

Being part of Y Street means that you are an activist fighting for Virginia’s future by promoting healthy lifestyles…and having fun while doing it. We do this by:

  • Leading projects and events that educate and engage the public
  • Presenting to Key Decision Makers at local, state, and national meetings and conferences
  • Earning points to cash in for rewards like gear, electronics, and scholarships
  • Working with other passionate youth activists to make a difference and cause real social change in our schools, communities, state, and nationwide

WANT TO BE PART OF THE ACTION? Contact us below to learn how to bring Y Street to your school.

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