Hello, my name is Alena and I am in 10th grade. I go to Manor High School and this is my first year in Y Street. Before becoming a member, we are trained on Y Street. The most amazing thing I learned about Y Street is that the program has many achievements. It is an award-winning volunteer initiative and has been recognized in the CDC’s Best Practices User Guide for Youth Engagement in Tobacco Prevention and Control!
We were also trained on Y Street’s campaigns, Rev Your Bev and Share The Air. The Rev Your Bev campaign helps kids and adults make water their first choice of a beverage. The Share The Air campaign advocates for outdoor public areas across Virginia to be tobacco-free, smoke-free, and vapor-free. What I enjoyed most about the training was learning about all the cool things that we can do to educate our communities about the campaigns like hosting a Rev Your Bev event during lunch to tell people about the goals of the campaign and ask them to complete a survey while disseminating fun Rev Your Bev swag.
Now that I’m a fully activated Y Street member, I’m excited to host events to collect as many Rev Your Bev and Share The Air surveys and support cards as possible. I also am looking forward to earning volunteer hours and rewards.
Are you interested in joining? Go NOW to my.ystreet.org/apply to join the #YStreetMovement.