Oh hey there! My name is Mariz and I’m a junior Tiger at J.R. Tucker High School. This is my first year with Y Street and it’s already enjoyable. Y Street is a youth-led movement that is working to make Virginia healthier for all of us. Becoming a member has lots of great opportunities, one of them is the training, which was my favorite.
Through online modules, we learn about the program’s current campaigns, Rev Your Bev and Share The Air, and how to be an effective advocate. Then comes the part where we apply what we have learned by asking friends and family to complete the campaigns’ surveys and support cards. This helps us to practice what we are going to do once we become an official member.
One of the facts that I found interesting about Y Street is that we have members across Virginia helping to raise public awareness about the campaigns and encouraging more youth to join the movement. This is what I’m most excited about: to spread campaign awareness in my school and community!
My goal as a fully active member of Y Street is to help increase water access in all Virginia schools and protect Virginians and our outdoor public spaces from secondhand smoke and vape aerosol, the two most important reasons that keep us alive.
Interested in joining? Go NOW to my.ystreet.org/apply to get trained and join the #YStreetMovement.