Posted By Nicole McKenney, People's Regional Opportunity Program,
Monday, March 19, 2012
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Dear Friends of MYAN,
MYAN is excited to share some fantastic news in the world of tobacco
prevention: Thornton Academy sophomore, Hattie
Simon, has been named the 2012 Eastern Regional Youth Advocate of the Year by
the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids! The award recognizes top youth
advocates from across the country for their work promoting tobacco prevention.
Hattie lead a two-year long effort to persuade the Old Orchard Beach Town
Council to adopt a Tobacco-Free Beach Policy, and we are so pleased that her
success is being shared with the rest of the nation through this award! As part of her award the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
will be giving Hattie a $2,500 scholarship, a $500 grant to continue her work
in OOB and she will also be flown to Washington, DC to attend the Youth
Advocates of the Year Gala at the Ritz-Carlton on May 17th.
Hattie, along with the other members of the OOB Youth Tobacco Action Group,
received a small mini grant of $250 for having the best action plan at MYAN’s
Statewide Anti-Tobacco Youth Summit in 2009, which served as the catalyst for
her two-year long project in Old Orchard Beach. Hattie
was also a member of the MYAN Youth Leaders Alliance (MYLA), which is a
year-round, free program launched in 2010 to give students across the state
in-depth leadership and advocacy skills. MYAN is currently
recruiting for the next group of MYLA students and we encourage all young
people who are interested in doing something positive for their schools or
communities to apply at www.myan.org/myla.
We are so proud of Hattie, and hope that this award
not only motivates her to continue her work to prevent the negative impact of
tobacco use in Maine, but that other youth across the state are inspired by her
success and take on similar projects in their own communities.For
more information on the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids awards and to see past
winners, visit www.tobaccofreekids.org.
Want to make an impact in your community like
Hattie did? Explore www.myan.org for tools to help you or contact MYAN staff!
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