Teen Network Board (TNB)

Meeting Vendors to Reduce Tobacco Use

About 25 youth including TNB members and others visited close to 60 vendors throughout Arlington county on Dec. 16.


Counter Tools is an initiative that aims to reduce the detrimental impact of unhealthy substances, such as access to vapes, tobacco and alcohol, at consumers' primary point of exposure and access: the retail environment. The goal is to visit vape shops and tobacco vendors throughout the county to assess the tobacco products being sold, and provide vendor education to discourage the sale of these products to youth. For more information, contact: @Courtney Martin, MPH, CPH Behavioral Health Bureau, DHS.

Arlington Comics for Teens (ACT) Competition

Love comics? Are you an Arlington County student in middle or high school?tnb-comic-contest_crop.png If yes: this is your chance to show off your talent for storytelling and drawing! The Arlington County’s Police Department, Public Library, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Teen Network Board invite you to take part in the inaugural Arlington Comics for Teens (ACT) contest. Make your voice heard on issues of public safety for teens and earn prizes and opportunities to disseminate your work. ACT Submissions are due Monday April 1!
Topics for high schoolers include: driving under the influence, substance abuse, and healthy relationships.
Topics for middle schoolers may include: bullying, smoking, and social media use.

Winners could receive gift cards in $100 and $50 amounts in two age categories. Submissions can be done as an individual or a team (but only one submission per person/team) and should be sent as a PDF file, minimum 1-page; no maximum length. Other rules are listed on the Submission Form. Please Share our Flyer!


Teen Network Board new member applications open March 2024!

TNB meets the 1st and 3rd Tues. of the month during the school year, at Lubber Run Community Center. Arlington TNB is a County & School Board-appointed teen advocacy group comprised of high school and home school students, from different backgrounds and parts of the county, to provide community voice for Arlington youth. We discuss issues, make recommendations, and act to improve the lives of Arlington teens. If you live or go to high school in Arlington, you are eligible to join TNB and make a difference. You should:

  • Be enthusiastic about making a difference in your community,
  • Live or attend high school in Arlington,
  • Attend 2-hour meetings 2x month, and
  • Participate in events and volunteer opportunities

Questions? Contact Roya Candia at rcandia@arlingtonva.us
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ONCE you apply and are accepted, you’ll join one of 5 committees:

  • Communications focuses on using social media platforms to keep youth in our community informed of events, impact or enhance their lives.
  • DAP (Drugs and Alcohol Prevention) educates and advocates for the community and our peers to be more aware of the dangers of drug and alcohol use, especially for those who are underage.
  • HRT (Healthy Relationships Taskforce) advocates for sexual assault awareness and consent as well as educating the youth on dating violence prevention.(Working with Arlington's Project PEACE)
  • Peer-to-Peer focuses on creating a better community through awareness and advocacy, free of bullying and negativity in pursuit of equality, and justice for all youth in Arlington.
  • VICE (Volunteering, Internships, Community service and Employment) advocates for opportunities in our community to promote good citizenship and prepare teens for life after high school. This can include attending college, taking a gap year, participating in vocational training, or employment. 

TNB Newsletter(PDF, 5MB) - March 2022

Know your Nine -  Learn more:
Title IX Brochure 22.pdf


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Check out “Dear HRT… https://fb.watch/2oTcSXQUPO/, a podcast on healthy relationships.


Teen Network Board is an advisory group of the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (APCYF), jointly appointed by the Arlington County and School Boards, charged with improving the health, well-being and safety of children, youth and families in Arlington, Virginia.

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