Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown is a high school senior and a volunteer with the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic in West Virginia. Rachel has taken a huge leadership role by becoming the President of the Teen Advisory Council (TAC) for the Raze Movement, West Virginia's teen tobacco prevention movement. As TAC president, attends monthly conference calls, conferences, and retreats. She also serves as the spokesperson for Raze. She works one-on-one with the Regional Tobacco Prevention Coordinator to encourage her community to adopt a tobacco-free parks policy. Recently, she spoke at a City Council meeting, where she was well received. Rachel is active in many American Lung Association programs and is always willing to write a letter of support or speak at an event.

Rachel has presented at three conferences for the regional Raze kick-off events. These conferences are Saturdays, and Rachel was happy to travel to attend and never complained about missing out on her weekends. At the conferences, she was interviewed by numerous newspaper and television stations. Even though Rachel is a busy senior with a demanding class schedule she is always willing to write a letter of support or be available to advise other members of the Raze movement. She is a true youth advocate for the state.

The fact that Rachel is a high school senior who spends so much of her time advocating for tobacco prevention is an inspiration. Rachel's grandfather passed away from lung cancer, which moved her to become involved in Raze. Rachel is wonderful to work with. She is enthusiastic about her work and motivates the other TAC and Raze in everything they do.