Thania Balcorta | Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
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Meet Thania Balcorta

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From Youth Advocate to Adult Ally

As a 2005 Youth Advocate of the Year, Thania worked closely with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and went before Congress to advocate for tobacco control legislation. This life-changing experience showed her the power of the youth voice and inspired her to pursue a career serving her community as a police officer for the City of Fremont, California. Today, she hopes to inspire the next generation of youth advocates to serve their communities and empower young people to create change as an adult ally.

Having a voice as a young person showed me that I wanted to dedicate my life to public service.

- Thania Balcorta