YATCY began in 2011 at the Cottonwood Elementary School with the National Junior Honor Society. The youth became advocates right away educating about the harmful effects of tobacco use. The youth that started YATCY wanted it to continue to high school, so it was started at Mingus Union High School as an official school club. YATCY has accomplished quite a bit within their community and at the state level. Some of their accomplishments include: Designated smoking areas in out Cottonwood parks, Made Arizona history in 2016 by becoming the first city (Cottonwood) to adopt Tobacco 21, raising the legal tobacco and vape purchase age to 21. YATCY has won multiple awards for their work in tobacco education. As they look to the future, YATCY plans to incorporate speaking on the opioid epidemic as it relates to teen use. They are continuing to do peer to peer education and start mentor programs for younger kids (5th grade).
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YATCY students lobbying at the Arizona House with Rep. Cano in support of Tobacco 21 for all of Arizona