Each year since 1996, our Youth Advocates of the Year Awards have honored outstanding youth advocates who are leading the way to the first tobacco-free generation. Honorees receive scholarships to continue their advocacy and become part of our National Youth Ambassadors program. Since 1996, we have honored over 200 individuals and youth groups.

The application deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2023 awards.


  • Barrie Fiske National Youth Advocate of the Year Award
    Our Barrie Fiske National Youth Advocate of the Year Award goes to our overall top-scoring applicant who has demonstrated a significant commitment to tobacco prevention in their state and community. The winner receives a $10,000 scholarship and joins the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Board of Directors for two years.

  • Individual Youth Advocate of the Year Award 
    Additionally, we will honor 4 individual high-school aged applicants (students in grade 9-12) who have demonstrated excellence in tobacco prevention in areas such as policy change, peer to peer training, media advocacy and community activism. Each youth will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

  • Group Youth Advocates of the Year Award
    The Group Youth Advocates of the Year award recognizes a youth tobacco prevention coalition (students in grade 7-12) whose efforts have made a significant impact on their community or state. The group winner receives a $2,500 grant to support their continued community engagement work.


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