Tag: Youth Perspective

TFSD: Spreading Love and Awareness

Hi, my name is Nazifa and I am a junior at JR Tucker High School in Henrico, Virginia. This is my first year in Y Street and it has been a fun learning experience. I have gained experience communicating with people and answering questions from all different types of people. I have learned that our … Read More

A YSLT Reflection: Healthy Youth Day

Hello! My name is Lyndsey and I am a senior at Cosby High School. I joined Y Street during my sophomore year and it has made a huge contribution to my development, especially when I became a Y Street Leadership Team Member from my junior year on.   I initially joined this highly impactful, youth-led … Read More

Celebrating Tobacco-Free School Divisions

I’m Belle and I’m a senior at Central High School in Woodstock, VA. This is my second year in Y Street and my first year on the Y Street Leadership Team. My favorite campaign is the 24/7 campaign because of how much it can change schools all around Virginia. The main issue that the 24/7 … Read More

Have a Great Start with Breakfast!

My name is Miazha and I am a junior at Riverbend High School. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Y Street Leadership Team for my first time this year. It’s very exciting to take on more tasks for Y Street and be exposed to important people who help make real … Read More

YSLT Kick Off Summit Recap

My name is Dakota Kahley and I am a senior at Stafford High School. I have been in Y Street for 4 years and this will be my 3rd year on the Y Street Leadership Team. Every summer, as leadership team members, we are invited to attend the YSLT Kick Off Summit. At the Summit, … Read More

Celebrating “Breakfast With A Bud” at Hopkins Road Elementary School

Hi! My name is Jordan Wilson, I’m a Senior at Cosby High School in Midlothian, VA. I’ve been an activist in YST for 3 years, and have served as a member of our State Leadership team for 2 years. On December 15th, I had the opportunity to be apart of a Great Starts with breakfast … Read More

Youth Leadership Team Kicks Off Year

My name is Savannah Shaver and I am a youth activist with Y Street and a 2016-2017 member of the Y Street Leadership Team. As a member of Y Street, I have promoted a healthier Virginia by educating my peers and community members about the dangers of sugary drinks through the Rev Your Bev campaign … Read More

Why Youth Activism Matters

Rev Your Bev Day is important to me because my grandmother now deals with many health issues that can be linked to sugary drinks. I am spending time talking about these health concerns because I would like to make Virginia a healthier state and hope that by informing people of the unhealthy effects of sugary … Read More

Why I Quit Drinking Sugary Drinks

On May 14, 2014, I represented Y Street at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Rocky Mt, Virginia. The students participated in Rev Your Bev Day during their lunch period. Overall, the kids had a very positive attitude. I remember a young girl at the event who was so shocked by the sugar cube display and … Read More

Raise Support for a Ban on Flavored Tobacco

My name is Natalie M., I am a sophomore at James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia, and I have been a member of Y Street – Virginia’s biggest youth-led movement – for almost 2 years. During that time, I have collected public opinion surveys and support cards for the (dis)tasteful campaign with the goal … Read More