SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Four South Brunswick teens have been named national youth and young adult ambassadors by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. In total, 14 New Jersey students have been named ambassadors for demonstrating leadership in fighting tobacco use in their community, according to a press release from the organization.
Youth Ambassadors are selected through a competitive application process. Candidates have participated in the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Digital Advocacy Symposium, a five-day online training session focused on building advocacy, communications and leadership skills, according to the press release.
Nora Abdelfattah, age 17, has been involved in tobacco control and prevention for two years, including through leadership with the teen-led anti-vaping group Incorruptible US. As an ambassador, Nora will continue to build her community engagement and advocacy skills, and educate her peers on the dangers of tobacco use and industry tactics, according to the press release.
Padmavati “Padma” Balamurugan, age 17 from Monmouth Junction, has been involved in tobacco control for one year through her work with Incorruptible U.S., a teen-led anti-vaping group.
Sasya Koneru, age 17 from Kendall Park, has been involved with Incorruptible US for two years. As an ambassador, Sasya will expand on her leadership and advocacy skills to educate her peers and engage with decision-makers for policy change.
Yashi Srivastava, age 17 from Monmouth Junction, is an incoming high school senior. For the past two years, she has been associated with Incorruptible US to educate the public on vaping and tobacco use. As an ambassador, Yashi will continue to hone her talent for storytelling and peer-education, and grow her movement in her community and beyond to spread awareness about tobacco’s deadly consequences.
“We are thrilled to welcome this new class of Youth and Young Adult Ambassadors, whose passion and leadership will help us create the first tobacco-free generation,” said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “Young people are critical voices in the fight against tobacco because they speak from experience about how they are targeted by the tobacco industry. Policy-makers should listen and support strong policies to protect our kids, including a prohibition on all flavored tobacco products.”