Hello to all our readers! My name is Nileigha. I am in the 10th grade at Manor High School, and this is my first year being part of Y Street. Though I have not been a part of the program for very long, I assure you I have learned so much in such a short amount of time and would love to share my experience.

I found out about this program when a Y Street Youth Field Organizer (YFO) came to Manor and did a presentation about what it entailed. I knew very quickly that I wanted to be a part of the program. Once I signed up, training started pretty quickly. It started with a Training Kick-off on Zoom that provided more information about the program such as scholarships and rewards offered, how to set goals, and current opportunities. I was also introduced to the Y Street member website – which helps me set and keep track of my goals, get in contact with the YFOs, and easily stay informed about upcoming opportunities. This site really helps me stay organized. Training also included collecting Share The Air and Rev Your Bev surveys. I collected so many just from asking friends and family. Once I completed the modules and training project I was officially a Y Street member and attended a Welcome session with my other Y Street peers. I got my account set up on ystreet.org and was ready to begin my Y Street journey.

What I enjoyed most about the training was that it was not only quick and easy but it was also very detailed; I didn’t feel rushed at all. During the process, I also learned so much more about the program and its campaigns, Rev Your Bev and Share The Air, and what it all represents. Share The Air advocates for smoke-free, vapor-free, and tobacco-free outdoor spaces. I really appreciated and connected with the campaign because I have family members that have asthma and secondhand smoke is a trigger for asthma. Rev Your Bev encourages students to drink water. As a person that did not enjoy drinking water, this campaign taught me the benefits of drinking water and provided enjoyable tips to help me make it a habit, which I can’t wait to share with others.

I am really happy with my decision to be a part of this program and can’t wait to get more active in my community. I want to participate in community events and get as many other friends involved as I can.

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