2016 Youth Advocates of the Year Awards Applications due January 31st

2016 Youth Advocates of the Year Awards Applications due January 31st

The following is a blog from Kick Butts Day released December 7th, 2015
Source: Kick Butts Blog

2016 Youth Advocates of the Year Awards applications

Each year, we at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids honor exemplary youth advocates from across the United States through our Youth Advocates of the Year Awards (YAYA). These youth are top leaders who stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco in major ways – by advocating for tobacco prevention policies in their communities and helping keep their peers tobacco-free.

Winners are honored at our annual Gala in Washington, DC, and receive scholarships and grants to support their work. Winners also serve as spokespeople for tobacco control and work closely with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids on local, state and national policies. Individual award winners serve as tobacco control ambassadors, speaking at national events and training other youth advocates around the country.

Past award winners have appeared in Seventeen Magazine, participated in White House events, spoken at press conferences alongside the U.S. Surgeon General and met with members of Congress. Our 2014 National Youth Advocate of the Year Magi Linscott was even featured in Chelsea Clinton’s new book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going.”

DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2016. Share the application today!


NATIONAL (Grades 9-12): Any state
EAST (Grades 9-12): CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV
SOUTH (Grades 9-12): AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, TX, US Virgin Islands
CENTRAL (Grades 9-12): IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, WI
WEST (Grades 9-12): AK, American Samoa, AZ, CA, CNMI, CO, Guam, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
GROUP (Grades 7- 12): Any state


NATIONAL $5,000 scholarship; $500 grant
REGIONAL WINNERS $2,500 scholarship; $500 grant
GROUP WINNER $2,500 grant
Erica Olmstead's journey with youth advocacy and tobacco control began as a youth advocate in New York with the Reality Check program. Over the past 12 years, she has continuously focused her efforts on empowering youth to advocate against corporate tobacco, first as a youth advocate, later as a Reality Check Program Coordinator and now as a member of the Youth Advocacy team at the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids in Washington, DC.


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