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Colonial Forge gets money for youth program

Colonial Forge High School has received $2,000 to support a youth advocacy group. Here are the details:

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) has awarded $2,000 mini-grants to eight youth organizations across Virginia to support chapters of VFHY’s national award-winning Y Street teen volunteer group.

The first recipients of the 2012-13 Y Street mini-grants are:

 Colonial Forge High School FCCLA (Stafford)

 Eastern Montgomery High School FCCLA (Elliston)

 James Madison High School FCCLA (Vienna)

 James River High School DECA (Midlothian)

 Mount Vernon High School DECA/FBLA (Alexandria)

 Phoebus High School DECA (Hampton)

 Tabb High School DECA (Yorktown)

 Woodrow Wilson HS FCCLA (Portsmouth)

VFHY will provide 22 Y Street mini-grants in total this year and will accept applications for mini-grants until Aug. 31. 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 November, each mini-grant recipient will host a Y Street training in their community, training at least 25 teens and one adult coordinator. In 2011, Y Street added 629 new teen members, who collectively completed 1,563 projects, volunteering more than 2,500 hours.

Y Street was named the top youth advocacy group for tobacco-use prevention in the nation in 2011 by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. VFHY’s Y Street teen volunteers have been invited to testify before the FDA and have worked on tobacco-use 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 5,000 teens statewide

have participated in Y Street.

More information about applying for Y Street mini-grants can be found here.