Every year, the YAC works towards recruiting new driven, compassionate, and motivated youth from all over San Diego county to continue its mission of promoting healthy living in communities. Learn more about our dedicated 2018-2019 YAC members!
Siham, Grade 11, Crawford High School
Siham holds the position of president for the Muslim Student Association club. She is involved in several other extra-curricular programs, such as Be Wise, MC Can, Food & Social Justice, United Women of East Africa, and East African Girls United. Her hobbies are poetry, swimming, public speaking, teaching, and being involved with public & global health initiatives. Siham is interested in the fields of education, global health, and neonatology to study in college.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would tackle the diabetes issue seen in local members, bring my mosque community back together, and help create a cultural bridge between Muslim youth and non-Muslim youth. Recently, I have created a club at my school called the Muslim Student Association. Its aim is to organize workshops and events, in order to bridge the cultural differences and break stereotypes within my community and school. I have also taken the initiative by joining the Youth Advisory Council to make these changes in my community.”
Princess, Grade 11, Point Loma High School
Princess is the President of the Point Loma Music program and has been a dedicated member since freshman year. She is also the president of the St. Jude Children’s hospital Club at her school. She is involved with the CSF and Interact, devoted to being an engaged and caring member of her community. During her free time, she love to indulge herself in the arts, from dancing and playing music to photography and videography, as ways of self-expression and promote Asian American representation in the arts. Princess hopes to major in Health Sciences and minor in Public Health or Film.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would make recreational centers and parks more accessible to families and individuals, improve sidewalks for pedestrian use and promote the use of community gardens near neighborhoods. “
Elijah, Grade 12, scripps ranch High School
Elijah is the President of the Black Student Union, a Robotics Club member, and Track and Field athlete ( 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump). Elijah enjoys working out, assembling electronic devices (speakers, RC Cars, etc.), and being
active in the community. He plans on studying mechanical engineering. As of now, his backup choice of study is electrical engineering.
“If I could see three things fixed in my community, they would be: cleaner streets, safer
infrastructure, and more healthy food options. Over the past few years, I’ve participated
in several community clean-up events with other volunteers from the community,
making the neighborhood a cleaner place. Working with UCSD’s Youth Advisory
Council, I participated in political events, such as ENACT Day, where we talked with legislators and staff about their policy and change we wanted to see in our community. I’ve also been apart of the first ever Youth Group at the Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, giving a youthful voice to an older, more boring environment.”
Fowsiyo, Grade 11, CRAWFORD HIGH School
Fowsiyo is involved with several extra-curricular activities, such as the East African Club, Food & Social Justice Club, Talent Search, and the Muslim Student Association. Her hobbies are filming & editing, photography, organization, and debate. Fowsiyo is interested in studying in the field of political science or chemistry.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would change the safety of the people in the community, the health of the youth, and the environment in which we live in. I have taken the initiative by joining the Youth Advisory Council to make these changes in my community.”
Mary, Grade 12, KEARNY HIGH School
Mary is the treasurer of Key Club at Kearny High School. She gravitates towards opportunities that will allow her to express her critical thinking skills. Furthermore, she has participated in extracurricular activities like Kearny Girls Soccer, Circle of Friends and California Scholarship Federation. To further her passion for biomedical science, she participated in an internship at the UCSD School Wellness Program which aimed to improve the nutrition and physical health of elementary school students. Mary also shadowed at the Rady Children’s hospital in the FACES program in the Occupational Therapy Department and Nutritional Department. Furthermore, she is currently enrolled in a Research Internship at UCSD for the REHS program. Her hobbies are reading novels, listening to music, watching Youtube videos and social networking. In college, Mary hopes to major in Biomedical Science.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would advocate for access to healthy foods in poor neighborhoods, eliminate gun violence, and promote diversity of Black Women and other minorities in the Medical Field.”
Shamseldin, Grade 11, Herbert Hoover High School
Shamseldin is involved with track and field. His hobbies include watching Anime. Shamseldin plans to study computer science.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would like to address air pollution, unhealthy diets, and advocate for youth.”
Huda, Grade 11, Crawford HIGH School
Huda is involved in the East African Club, yearbook club, and Food Social Justice. Her hobbies are public speaking, writing, drawing and makeup. She hopes to study medicine with a focus on trauma surgery.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would love for our community to be more safe, less people in poverty, and more people to vote.”
Christian, Grade 12, lincoln HIGH School
Christian is an Aaron Price fellow, a lab intern at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a tutor for the Learning Center in City Heights. His hobbies are studying math and science and playing video games. He hopes to major in microbiology, genetics, or oceanography.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would advocate for more college exposure and opportunities, affordable healthcare and housing, and mentors for at risk youth.”
Hafsa, Grade 11, Crawford HIGH School
Hafsa hobbies are reading and baking. She hopes to study medicine with a focus on heart surgery.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would change childhood obesity, homelessness, and stigma around mental health.”
Namaya, Grade 10, HOOVER HIGH School
Namaya is and Arron Price fellow and involved with basketball, debate club and the class of 2021 club. Her hobbies are reading, writing, and playing basketball. She hopes to major in criminal justice, law, or social justice.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would add more youth centers, more healthy and clean food access, and safer streets.”
Ugbad, Grade 12, Crawford High School
Ugbad is the president of the East African club and is involved in Food and Social Justice, and MSA. She also volunteers for Sharp Grossmont Hospital and works with Big Brothers and Sisters of San Diego. Her hobbies include Netflix, YouTube, watching the news and conspiracy documentaries, drawing, and dancing. Ugbad hopes to study political science involving subjects such as, civil rights, American government, international relations, or biochemistry.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would like to get rid of some fast-food chains and replace them with grocery stores, create gardens around the area, and be a voice for my community and help them recognize the benefits of healthy eating.”
Maria, Grade 12, Kearny High School
Maria hobbies are photography, Netflix, reading books, and spending time with family. She is interested in studying medicine and hopes to become a surgeon.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would improve the safety, house sanitation, and the availability of healthy foods.”
Sara, Grade 12, kearny High School
Sara is a Club Affairs Liaison of Circle of Friends, Student Representative for Kearny Wellness Committee, and Tutor at Kumon Math and Reading Center. Her hobbies and interests are women empowerment, public speaking, and skateboarding. Sara plans to study biotech research and genetic engineering.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would like to make locally grown produce more affordable and accessible, create more opportunities for women, and encourage activism and leadership among minorities.”
Lyaina, Grade 12, Crawford HIGH School
Lyaina is the vice president for both the Vietnamese club and Mu Alpha Theta (mathematics honor society) and is also involved in the coding and robotics club. Her hobbies and interests are design, programming, improving the voice of the Vietnamese community, and advocating for financial literacy. Lyaina plans to study computer science and finance in college.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would like to see teenagers getting involved, safer streets, and affordable and healthy food.”
Michelle, Grade 12, Point Loma High School
Michelle is an Arron Price fellow, and involved with badminton, soccer, wrestling, Reality Changers. Her hobbies are sports, gym, beach runs, cooking, shopping, painting, and scrap booking.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would like to see healthier food options, greener community, and cleaner and more active places.”
NouN, Freshman, Miramar College
Noun is a Research Assistant for Price Philanthropies and an advocate for her community. Her hobbies include writing poetry, reading books, and painting. Noun is studying International Business with an emphasis on analytical consultancy.
“If I could change three things in my community, I would like to improve food access and transportation, and avoid gentrification.”
Suad, Grade 10, aMERICA’S FINEST CHARTER School
Thu, Grade 11, PATRICK HENRY HIGH School