Y Street is the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s award-winning volunteer initiative for high school students. Once a school is accepted into the Y Street Partner Program, students are trained on Y Street’s campaigns to promote a healthier Virginia. After the training, Y Street members (Y-Sters) work directly with staff to plan and lead their own projects, events, and more. Here’s how it works:

Y Street Trainings

To become members, youth learn about Y Street’s current campaigns, the issues they address, and how to get active in Y Street through an interactive training at their school.
  • Y Street Trainings

    Ready to think? Y Street trainings engage youth in thought-provoking conversations.

  • Y Street Trainings

    Students enjoying a Y Street training during their regular school day.

  • Y Street Trainings

    Youth getting trained and ready to hit the streets with the year’s campaigns.

  • Y Street Trainings

    Just some of the hundreds of new VA youth that get active with Y Street every year.

Projects & Events

After completing their training, youth lead projects and events in their schools and communities to support Y Street’s campaign efforts.
  • Y Street Projects and Events

    What’s your opinion? Y Street youth out surveying about the tobacco-free policy at their school.

  • Y Street Projects and Events

    Youth in action. These members are engaging their community about supporting daily PE programs in schools.

  • Y Street Projects and Events

    Check out these Y Street members at the Richmond Squirrels Education Day engaging people about why they should drink healthy beverages.

  • Y Street Projects and Events

    Y Street youth love Homecoming. It’s a perfect place to show school spirit and support tobacco-free schools.

Conferences & Presentations

As Y-Sters become leaders, they give educational presentations on campaign topics and present key campaign findings at local, state, and national conferences.
  • Y Street Conferences and Presentations

    Y Street members step up to present findings at the Reduce Tobacco Use Conference in VA.

  • Y Street Conferences and Presentations

    Nationally known. Y Street youth share their work at conferences nationwide, including the National Conference on Childhood Obesity in California.

  • Y Street Conferences and Presentations

    Y Street youth presenting with First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, at the Weight of the State Conference.

  • Y Street Conferences and Presentations

    Time to get on the mic. Here’s Y Street presenting info about the (dis)tasteful Campaign at the 11th Reduce Tobacco Use Conference.

Meetings with Key Decision Makers

Top Y-Sters meet with school boards, city councils, and other local and state government officials to share information about Y Street and our campaigns.
  • Meetings with Key Decision Makers

    The Y Street Leadership Team visiting First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, at the Governor’s Mansion in Richmond.

  • Meetings with Key Decision Makers

    Taking it to the local school board. Here’s Y Street advocating for a comprehensive tobacco-free school policy.

  • Meetings with Key Decision Makers

    Y Street youth collected and reported feedback from over 2,000 Virginians about supporting graphic warning labels on tobacco products. It paid off with a trip to the White House’s press conference announcing its support of the labels and the work of Y Street.

  • Meetings with Key Decision Makers

    Y Street earned the right to speak to members of the House and Senate on Healthy Youth Day about their positive work in the community.

Statewide Days of Action

Y Street sponsors two statewide days of action (Tobacco-Free Spirit Day and Rev Your Bev Day) for groups around Virginia to help promote a healthier state.
  • Statewide Days of Action

    Tobacco-Free Spirit Day encourages schools to have 100% tobacco-free policies.

  • Statewide Days of Action

    Here’s Virginia’s Lt. Governor supporting Y Street during a press conference on Tobacco-Free Spirit Day.

  • Statewide Days of Action

    Check out some of the Y Street team celebrating their school’s 100% tobacco-free policies on Tobacco-Free Spirit Day.

  • Statewide Days of Action

    Time to Rev Your Bev. Y Street hosts events across Virginia on Rev Your Bev Day to educate their community about the health effects of sugary drinks.

Y Street Leadership Team (YSLT)

Each year, a group of dedicated youth is selected for the YSLT to be the leaders in their schools and communities, and help with extra Y Street opportunities.
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    Here’s the YSLT at their annual summit in Richmond. For an entire week, these young leaders will get training on campaign development, networking, other key professional skills.

  • Y Street Leadership Team

    Good times. At the YSTL summit, youth get to connect with Y Street members from across the state.

  • Y Street Leadership Team

    The YSLT connected with Virginia State Health Commissioner, Dr. Marissa Levine, to get feedback on Y Street’s vision for a healthier state.

  • Y Street Leadership Team

    A state united. Members of the YSLT come together to represent their regions and local Y Street youth.