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Apply to be a 2016 Youth Advocate of the Year!

Posted by Erica Olmstead on 7 Dec 2015

Award Categories



Each year, we 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. Start your application today!

Award Categories

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


Are you interested in learning more or asking questions about the awards? Join us for an informational call on Monday, December 14 at 4PM EST.

DIAL-IN NUMBER: (605) 562-0020
MEETING ID: 751-159-229

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About Erica OlmsteadErica Olmstead currently serves as the Youth Advocacy Associate Director at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Her tobacco control journey began as a youth advocate in New York 13 years ago.
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