Hello! I’m Max, a member of the Y Street Leadership Team (YSLT). I am a junior at Charlottesville High School and joined Y Street two years ago. I have since joined the Leadership Team, which I have been a part of for 1 year. I am writing this blog to talk about why you should join Y Street!
Y Street is a youth-led movement that works to create a healthier Virginia through our campaigns. The first campaign is Share The Air, which advocates for 100% tobacco-free and e-cigarette free outdoor public spaces. The second campaign is Rev Your Bev that aims to increase students’ water consumption. Y Street members use several different strategies to raise awareness and achieve campaign goals. For example, members all over Virginia host events at their schools to promote Rev Your Bev. We ask attendees to complete surveys and give out cool prizes, as well as share information about what Rev Your Bev is all about: increasing water access and promotion in Virginia schools. If you join Y Street you can participate in these amazing activities too! But wait, there’s more.
Y Street offers points for completing campaign activities that are completely optional. By amassing points, you can earn some spectacular rewards like gift cards, AirPods, or even a MacBook!! Overall, Y Street is an extremely inclusive program that has some really important goals, and great ways of achieving them. If you are looking for volunteer hours, Y Street tracks them, which makes that whole process incredibly easy. I have gained so many important skills such as public speaking, and have met so many amazing people. If you are interested in joining go to ystreet.org.