My Y Street Summer Experience

Hi! My name is Inina, and I am a junior at Tabb High School. This year will be my third year in Y Street and my first year on the Y Street Leadership Team (YSLT).

In preparation for the upcoming school year, other members and I attended the Y Street Summer Summit. Due to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Summit was virtual. We had four sessions throughout the whole month of July, each with a theme. For one session, we focused entirely on networking where we got the opportunity to meet key decision-makers and community partners and talk to them about what we do in Y Street and aim to improve in our community. In each session, we did tons of fun icebreaker activities. We also had surprise activities like a Virtual Escape Room and other mystery games.

The Summit strengthened many skills of mine. These skills include public speaking and getting clear communication through to other members of the team. I have learned how to create powerful testimonies and strong- visual media about the importance of Y Street and our campaigns, Rev Your Bev and Share The Air.  What I look forward to most this year is working with the YSLT members at my high school. I also look forward to working with key decision-makers on building healthier communities. All thanks to the Y Street staff and my fellow members, I have had the most exciting experience at the Summer Summit!

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