Y STREET - EXPOSE, INFORM, FIGHT BACK
April G.
My experience with Y St. so far has been a whole lot of fun, and not to mention AWESOME!! Y St. is so important to me, because it makes me feel like I’m making a difference in families, friends, and the people I meet along the way.
Eastern
Montgomery HS

Class of '13
Y-Ster since 2010
Ashley S.
My favorite part about being in Y St. has been the opportunity to interact with people I would not normally interact with. Getting to tell them about an issue that is so important is really fun, and it gives me skills I know I will use for the rest of my life.
Dominion HS
Class of '13
Y-Ster since 2010
Blayne A.
I know that Y. St. has already made a difference in my school. From all the projects that have been done, kids are finally realizing all the ways Big Tobacco attempts to market their products. With all the insight, kids are finally able to make better choices. I’m really proud to say that I had a part in all of this.
Tallwood HS
Class of '14
Y-Ster since 2010
Callie C.
I want to make a difference in the world, and be able to say that I was a part of something worthwhile. Y St. shows Virginians the negative effects that tobacco can have on people.
Franklin County HS
Class of '13
Y-Ster since 2010
Elaina C.
Y St. makes a difference to a lot of teens because it shows them the dangers of tobacco and unhealthy decisions in a new way. I joined and continued with Y St. because it doesn’t just tell teens tobacco is bad. It shows them why!
Dominion HS
Class of '13
Y-Ster since 2009
Emma H.
Y St. has been one of the best organizations I have ever been involved in. It gave me the chance to travel to Richmond with the other YSLT members and talk about new campaigns. We even got to speak to the Attorney General. I never dreamed I would be speaking to a government official, and Y St. made that possible!
Blacksburg HS
Class of '12
Y-Ster since 2009
Fatima M.
I joined Y St. to make a difference in people's lives and so people my own age realize that they need to take care of themselves. I believe Y St. is really helping change things in my school, and that's exactly what I want: change.
Tallwood HS
Class of '13
Y-Ster since 2010
Judy H.
My favorite Y St. experience would have to be presenting the Meltdown findings to Virginia’s Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli. This was the “take-action” component of Y Street that I love so much—the fact that we not only went into our communities and raised awareness, but we also talked directly to Virginia’s lawmakers in hopes that these new dissolvable tobacco products will stay out of Virginia.
Maggie L. Walker's Governor School
Class of '12
Y-Ster since 2009
Karina R.
I've gotten my friends to join Y St., and they realized it was great. By just making Y St. bigger, and by telling more and more people about it, we can make a change.
Eastern
Montgomery HS

Class of '14
Y-Ster since 2010
Katelyn L.
I joined Y St. because it seemed fun and something that I could do to that would let me be active and actually make a difference. I was right. Y St. has helped me open people's eyes and become aware of the dangers of tobacco.
Woodrow Wilson HS
Class of '13
Y-Ster since 2010
Katie D.
I love being a part of Y St! The projects are fun, and the people are all so amazing. Being a part of Y St. is important to me because I know that I'm doing something to help the community, and I know we're all making a difference.
James River HS
Class of '12
Y-Ster since 2010
Lucy R.
A highlight of my Y St. experience was definitely the Winter Meltdown dance that we sponsored for the local middle school. It was a huge success, and really showed me that we can make a difference by reaching people in a positive and fun environment.
Appomattox
County HS

Class of '13
Y-Ster since 2010
Lydia P.
My favorite thing about being a Y-Ster is having the opportunity to educate people, especially those my age, about things that can be harmful to them. I think Y St. makes a difference because it's a youth-led organization, and teens can relate better to their peers and understand the messages we are spreading.
Blacksburg HS
Class of '12
Y-Ster since 2009
Mohamad S.
Y St. makes a HUGE difference in people's lives. When I was talking to some kids at a conference, they were clueless about the program. I filled them in on it, and there were like, “You guys are awesome, I want to join.”
W.T. Woodson HS
Class of '14
Y-Ster since 2010
Olivia C.
Teen health has always been something I have cared a lot about. As I got older, I started to feel the need to make a difference, but never knew how. After hearing about Y St., I knew I could help change the health of youth in VA.
Tabb HS
Class of '12
Y-Ster since 2010
Remi O.
I joined Y St. because I saw it as a great opportunity to do positive things. I loved the idea of being a part of something bigger than me, and making a difference in other communities along with my own.
Booker T.
Washington HS

Class of '12
Y-Ster since 2010
Tessa C.
I think Y St. makes a difference because it is high school students that do the projects. I have been part of Y St. for a whole year, and have already changed the way I do and look at things in my life.
Tabb HS
Class of '12
Y-Ster since 2010