Join the Y Street Team

Hello! I am Ryan, a senior at JR Tucker High School in Henrico. I have been a member of Y Street for one year now, and I am excited to further my involvement and commitment as a member of the leadership team! For me, Y Street is not just a movement but a community, constantly reinventing both itself and the communities of Virginia. To be a good citizen and
advocate for public health, I believe it is important never to become complacent, and Y Street is anything but.

Y Street is a youth-led group spanning across Virginia that promotes and supports healthy behavior changes and legislation that will improve Virginians’ overall health. I was introduced to Y Street through a peer of mine, a leader in the movement at the time. Immediately I knew this was something I wanted to be affiliated and involved with. At their very core, Y Street team members strive to make Virginia a better place by leaving their mark, which stuck with me since the very beginning. From providing fruit-flavored water to students during lunch and promoting healthy hydration in schools as part of the Rev Your Bev initiative, to exhibiting at a local fair to promote tobacco-free outdoor spaces for our Share The Air campaign, Y-Sters at my school go above and beyond the call of duty to foster a culture of healthy living and coexistence.

Y Street has broadened my view by drawing my attention to issues I had not given thought to in the past, like making public spaces tobacco-free. From working on Share The Air, I’ve learned about the negative impact of tobacco advertising in low-income communities and the dangers of secondhand smoke. By joining Y Street, I can promise a great deal of personal development will come to pass. For those who are passionate about elevating their community, this organization will provide a means to that end. When it comes to the world we all share, there never is truly an end to progress; a fact Y Street members embrace wholeheartedly. Your voice matters and if you are motivated, Y Street will provide an opportunity to enhance and develop not only your community, but the state of Virginia as a whole.

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Drink Up!

Hi! My name is Lydia and I am a freshman at Hopewell High School.  This is my first year being a part of Y Street.  The Rev Your Bev campaign is important to me because it helps others get to know the importance of water, which has helped me.  Water carries minerals and nutrients throughout […]

Stand Up to Create Tobacco-Free & Vapor-Free Outdoor Spaces

Hello, my name is Phylisha! I am a freshman at Hopewell High School.  I joined Y Street this school year.  Share The Air is one of Y Street’s campaigns aimed to create 100% tobacco-free and vapor-free outdoor public spaces across Virginia. Share The Air is important to me because as a person who has asthma, […]

Steps Towards a More Positive Future

Hello! My name is Aliyah and I am currently a sophomore at Granby High School in Norfolk. This is my very first year joining Y Street! So far, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in many opportunities to promote our campaigns Share The Air and Rev Your Bev. Participating in campaign activities has provided me […]


Hello!  My name is Max and I am a sophomore at Charlottesville High School.  This is my first year in Y Street.  I feel it is important to talk about how tobacco products are the most littered item nationwide. Did you know that 40% of all littered items are tobacco products?[1]  That is a statistic […]


Hi! My name is Savanna and I am a junior at Hopewell High School.  This is my second year in Y Street and my first year on the Y Street Leadership Team (YSLT).  Being a leader in school is a very crucial thing as it sets you up for success in high school and beyond.  […]

Tobacco-Free & Vapor-Free Outdoor Environments Creates Healthier Communities

Hi, my name is Ella and I am a sophomore at Charlottesville High School.  This is my first year in Y Street!  Share The Air is an extremely important campaign to me.  There are so many facts about smoking that had not really come to my attention before joining Y Street.  For example, did you […]