My name is Brayden Duncan, and I’m going to be a junior at Howe High School. I have been in YAHL for about a year. YAHL has two campaigns named Counteract Tobacco and Elevate Student Health. My first YAHL event was our fall festival, where we were able to collect a lot of surveys for CounterAct Tobacco and educate attendees about the campaign. It was easy and fun to get surveys and some people even asked more questions about the campaign. By collecting surveys, I learned how important data is to help update state policies.
Elevate Student Health works on getting healthier food options, more physical exercise and clean water for our schools. The main reason I joined YAHL is because I see young kids vaping, and they think it’s cool, so I want to make a change and try to educate them about the dangers of vaping. Being a member of YAHL, I have learned more leadership skills like public speaking, networking and hosting events with confidence. This year I hope to host more events to spread awareness in my community about tobacco, nutrition and physical activity. I am so excited to start the new school year with YAHL.