Hello! My name is Makango. I currently attend Potomac Senior High School and I am in the 11th grade. This school year marks my very first year doing Y Street after it came highly recommended by my peers and, honestly, my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!
For our training, what some may find stressful, it was anything but! One of my favorite things about the training was just how interactive and easy it was to follow. I also enjoyed having the ability to work with our incredibly supportive Y Street Youth Field Organizers—or more lovingly known as YFOs! It began with a Kickoff session that provided more details on what Y Street is about and helpful instructions on how to complete the module and training project. The module was broken up into sections, with each providing information on Y Street’s campaigns, Rev Your Bev and Share The Air. It followed with a short comprehension quiz and an opportunity to complete our first surveys for the campaigns! Through the training, I learned about Y Street’s effectiveness, and how members in the program advocate for policy change, such as the passing of the 100% Comprehensive Tobacco-Free and E-Cigarette-Free Schools bill through our 24/7 VA campaign.
Now that I am fully activated as a member, I am excited to be part of a large movement that is working hard to create a healthier and safer Virginia for future generations to thrive in. Though it is only my first year, I hope to collect many campaign surveys and support cards, help plan events, and make real progress on Y Street’s goals. I am excited to continue working alongside our YFOs and other Y Street members in my school and across the state as we continue growing as advocates!
I can’t recommend joining Y Street enough! Are you interested in joining? Go NOW to ystreet.org to get trained and join the #YStreetMovement!