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VFHY Awards Y Street Grants to 24 Youth Organizations

December 16, 2014

Grants will train teen volunteers across Virginia to promote healthy lifestyles

RICHMOND- The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) has awarded $48,000 in grants to 24 youth organizations across Virginia to start or support chapters of VFHY’s award-winning Y Street teen volunteer group, which promotes healthy, tobacco-free lifestyles for Virginia’s young people.

Y Street was named the top youth advocacy group for tobacco-use prevention in the nation in 2011 by the Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. One of VFHY’s multiple marketing strategies, Y Street is a statewide association of High School youth advocates who work to create positive social change through projects designed to educate community members about the benefits of living an active, nutritious, and tobacco-free lifestyle.

VFHY’s Y Street teen volunteers have been invited to testify before the FDA and have worked on tobacco-use and obesity prevention issues with top government officials, including the U.S. Surgeon General, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Virginia’s governor and Virginia’s attorney general. Since 2004, more than 7,000 teens statewide have participated in Y Street.

Y Street grants are awarded to local student organizations in Virginia for encouraging teens to become a part of Y Street and to support its mission. By the end of December, each mini-grant recipient will host a Y Street training event in their community, training at least 25 teens and one adult coordinator to become a working Y Street chapter. In 2013 Y Street added 527 new teen members, who collectively completed nearly 1,000 projects and volunteered more than 3,000 hours.

The recipients of the 2014-15 Y Street grants are:

  • BILLIE Inc. (Richmond)
  • Brentsville District High School (Nokesville)
  • Central High School (Woodstock)
  • Cosby High School (Midlothian)
  • EJWC Arts & Athletics Academy (Emporia)
  • Green Run High School (Virginia Beach)
  • Harrisonburg High School
  • Henrico Prevention Youth Ambassadors
  • Heritage High School (Newport News)
  • I.C. Norcom High School (Portsmouth)
  • James Madison High School (Vienna)
  • James River High School (Midlothian)
  • John S. Battle High School (Bristol)
  • Lord Botetourt High School (Daleville)
  • Manchester High School (Midlothian)
  • Oscar Smith High School (Chesapeake)
  • Park View High School (Sterling)
  • Powhatan High School (Powhatan)
  • Prevention Council of Roanoke County
  • Stafford High School (Fredericksburg)
  • Stone Bridge High School (Ashburn)
  • Victory Family YMCA (Yorktown)
  • Woodrow Wilson High School (Portsmouth)
  • YMCA of Central Virginia (Lynchburg)

More information about applying for future Y Street grants can be found at YStreet.org.

About the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth:

Established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth empowers Virginia’s youth to make healthy choices by promoting active, nutritious and tobacco-free living. Since the Foundation began its work in 2001, high school smoking in Virginia has been cut by more than 60 percent and the number of middle school smokers has dropped by more than 75 percent. The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth directly reaches about 50,000 children each year through evidence-based, educational prevention programs in public schools, after-school programs, community centers, daycares and nonprofits across the state. VFHY’s award-winning marketing campaigns deliver prevention messaging to more than 500,000 children annually. For more information visit www.vfhy.org.

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