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Call for Applications-2014 YAYA Awards

Monday, December 16, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Hi all,

Each year, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids holds a nationwide competition to identify and honor young people who have taken the lead in fighting tobacco in their communities and in their state over the past year. On May 15, 2014, we will honor a National winner, a group winner and four Regional winners (East, South, Central and West).The awards motivate and inspire youth across the country to continue their involvement and launch the winners onto the national stage as role models and accomplished advocates.

The national winner receives a $5,000 scholarship and a $500 grant. The other individual winners receive a $2,500 scholarship and a $500 grant, and the group winners receive a $2,500 grant to continue their tobacco control work. We have moved the entire application process online this year! Your youth can apply online now at by clicking here.

In their year-long role, Youth Advocate of the Year Award (YAYA) winners serve as spokespersons for tobacco control and work closely with TFK staff on policy priorities at the local, state, and national levels. Past award winners appeared in People Magazine and on The Oprah Winfrey Show, participated in White House events, spoke at press conferences, met with Members of Congress and were interviewed by national media. The winner of the national Youth Advocate of the Year Award also serves on TFK’s Board of Directors for one year.

We strongly encourage your youth to apply. All applications must be submitted by January 31, 2014.We will hold an informational conference call and Q&A session on January 15th at 3:00 PM EST. You can access the call by dialing (877) 807-3546 conference code: 6415197207#

In the meantime, feel free to contact me directly with any questions.

All the best,

Source: Ritney A. Castine, Associate Director, Youth Advocacy, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

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