Cherishing Moments from Healthy Youth Day

My name is Reuben L. I am a senior at Colonial Forge High School. This is my first year as a member of Y Street. So far this year, I was able to reach out to multiple students about the importance of tobacco-free public spaces through the Share The Air campaign. I believe that everyone should have a public space that is free from harmful products. Second-hand smoking is a lot worse than smoking, in my opinion. Being able to participate in a movement that makes a difference in my community means a lot to me.

Virginia Healthy Youth Day was held in Richmond, the state capital. I came to this event with high expectations and it is safe to say that I left no stones unturned. I walked into a room filled with Y-Sters who had so much love for their communities. I saw myself in each and every one of them. We all had this enormous connection that is truly unexplainable. Spending a day with people who share similar interests was absolutely amazing. Through this event, I was able to interact with some very influential people. Never in my life would I have dreamt about having breakfast with delegates and senators. We talked about life after high school and I also got great advice from people I aspire to be like in the future. The whole day was surreal! For once I regret being a senior because that means I only get to participate this year. Even though this is sad, it has taught me to cherish the moments I have in front of me right now.

I have always wanted to be a catalyst for change. I have always wanted to be a part of a movement greater than myself. Joining Y Street was the best decision I have ever made! It has given me this amazing opportunity to positively affect my community. The future is bright as a Y-Ster because, with every step we take, we embark on a journey to be catalysts of change, making a difference every step of the way.

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