Every year, the YAC works towards recruiting 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 2019-2020 YAC members!

Salah, Grade 12, Hoover High School

During his extracurricular time, Salah is a member of the NAACP Youth Council, dedicated to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

He is also a leader and member in his school leadership program “Brothers of Excellence” which creates a safe space for African American males to excel academically. His interests include using social media, listening to hip-hop music, and empowering his peers to succeed in their endeavors. Salah wants to major in Real-Estate with a minor of Ethnic Studies.

‘If I could change three things in my community, I’d want to change the mindset of the people. I’d also implement a place where people can focus on themselves. Lastly, I would want people to actively engage with one another to build stronger relationships. Fortunately, I’ve been more social recently and have been advocating for others to take initiative of their lives and build a stronger foundation for their people. I hope that with this asset I can change people’s mindset positively. I’ve also joined groups such as the NAACP, and the Youth Advisory Council to help me actively strive for these changes.’

Endiya, Grade 12, Hoover High School

Endiya Griffin is a student leader who works to empower underserved youth whilst fulfilling her passions for art, social justice, and education. She believes that art has the transformative power to change perceptions and break down barriers by meeting viewers where they are. As a student, she also believes that, by investing in young lives and minds, we equip ourselves to create the future we want to see.

Griffin has supported this belief through advocacy work with local organizations such as the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, The AjA Project, and KPBS. She has also utilized platforms such as TED and the Big Picture learning to spread my message of empowerment. Her avid love for storytelling has been displayed through journalistic work published by NPR’s YR Media, Teen Vogue, and the San Diego Voyager. As a senior in high school, she is currently working towards an Associate’s Degree in sociology from San Diego Mesa College and will receive her AA concurrently with her high school diploma. After high school, she plans to earn degrees in cultural anthropology and journalism at a four-year institution and go on to be an ethnographic journalist.

In this work, she envisions herself not as a journalist, but a “journeyist” — guiding people to a place of intercultural understanding through storytelling in order to cultivate global empathy.

Siham, Grade 12, 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.”

Shamseldin, Grade 12, 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.”

Claire, Grade 12, Canyon crest academy

Claire is involved in competitive swimming as well as the Young Leaders in Healthcare (YLHC) club at her school. She also runs a science program for elementary school children on weekends. Her hobbies and interests include painting and watching crime shows. Claire hopes to pursue her interests in Public Health and Biology.

“If I could change three things about my community, I would incorporate more nutritious school lunches, safe infrastructure, and accessible mental health resources for youth.”

Namaya, Grade 11, HOOVER HIGH School

Namaya is an Aaron Price fellow and tries to be as engaged and involved with her community and peers as much as possible. She does this through YAC, Aaron Price Fellows and even her basketball team. When she is not with those organizations, Namaya is somewhere reading a book, writing a song, or eating! As time progresses and she makes her way into college, Namaya plans on going into the medical field and majoring in Biochemistry to start her journey in becoming a neurosurgeon.

“I reside in South East San Diego and I’ve grown up there. If I were to change three things about it, it would definitely be inclusion of ethnicities, infrastructure, and more community engagement. I look forward to utilizing the YAC to help me in taking action to act out on these wishes.”

Hafsa, Grade 12, 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.”


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