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LeAra McKinney is honored with the Rising Youth Star Award October 21, 2008

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LeAra McKinney, Charlotte Area Youth Leader

LeAra McKinney, Charlotte Area Youth Leader

LeAra McKinney was honored with the Rising Youth Star Award from Substance Abuse and Prevention Services of the Carolinas in Charlotte, NC, on October 17, 2008.  LeAra McKinney, a Youth Empowered Solutions staff member, has been a part of the Question Why program for 3 consecutive years, working diligently on teen tobacco prevention and cessation in Mecklenburg County and North Carolina.  In that time, LeAra has emerged as a leader of this program that provides training and technical assistance to those working in tobacco prevention across the state.   In her Youth Leader position, LeAra creates and leads trainings that teach other youth about the dangers of tobacco, as well as media literacy, advocacy, and merchant education.  LeAra has led workshops at both the 2006 statewide youth summit “Play to Win, Play to Live” held in Raleigh, and the 2008 Charlotte-area female empowerment and advocacy event “TRU Beauty.”  She has worked locally with the Tobacco Reality Unfiltered community group to host events for the annual Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids event Kick Butts Day.  LeAra’s current initiative is working with the Health Department and the Smoke Free Mecklenburg Coalition to advocate to the Charlotte Area Transit System to adopt a 100% Tobacco Free Policy for the uptown transit hub.