Programs from 2012-2013

Please take a look at YLI San Francisco’s youth-led programs from the 2012-2013 school year!

Alcohol Policy Team (APT)

APT youth are exposing the negative impacts of storefront alcohol ads in low-income neighborhoods across SF. APT is building a policy campaign to decrease the amount of storefront alcohol advertisements and increase positive norms and media messages in communities of color. These alcohol ads contribute to community problems, including increased underage drinking, public nuisances, and violence.

Why is this important?

Did you know….

  • Youth exposed to alcohol ads consume more alcohol.
  • Retailers are required by state law to limit the amount of ads on their windows and doors.
  • Violations of the state law are widespread, particularly in low incomes, communities of color.
Marshall Questioning Unspoken Underage Drinking (Marshall QUUAD)

QUUAD is a comprised of a group of high school youth at Thurgood Marshall High School in San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood. QUUAD aims to reduce underage alcohol use and abuse by changing student norms through positive social norms campaigns. Rather than focus on negative norms and scare tactics, the members of QUUAD aim to promote healthy behavior and use positive peer pressure to reduce or end use, or prevent future use.

Why is this important?

  • Helps students learn what students around them are actually doing
  • Inspires positive social norms to create change
Nutrition Soldiers of Bayview Hunter’s Point

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Nutrition Soldiers is a group of youth at 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic in Bayview Hunter’s Point. The Nutrition Soldiers are supporting the work of community organizations in Bayview that are invested in improving the community’s access to healthy food through food assessments, store makeovers, and relationship building with local corner stores and markets. The Nutrition Soldiers are developing a media marketing campaign to build the demand for healthy food in BHP and promote healthy eating among their peers.

Why is this important?

  • Fast and junk food companies spend billions of dollars every year to market their products. In fact, 87% of food and beverage ads seen by children are of unhealthy products. Advertising works! On a given day, 30-40% of children and adolescents eat fast food. (“Obesity: Complex but Conquerable”, Institute of Medicine)
  • We have to combat a very rich industry and if we want people to change their habits, we have to employ multiple strategies to encourage people to shift.
Tobacco Use Reduction Force (TURF)

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TURF youth are developing legislation to address the saturation of tobacco retailers in low-income communities. TURF is leading a policy campaign to limit the density of tobacco retailers and cap the number of tobacco stores allowed to operate in San Francisco.  Communities that are impacted by the density of tobacco retailers are communities where there is a large population of immigrants, people of color, and youth. These communities are specifically targeted by the multibillion dollar tobacco idustry, creating a disparity in the health of these populations.

Why this is important?

  • The majority of tobacco retailers in SF are concentrated in the low-income neighborhoods that are home to the most marginalized and disadvantaged population.
  • Through political advocacy and participatory action research, TURF is empowering young people to take ownership of their communities and to make changes in the political system to improve their environment.
Nutritional Food Group (NFG)

NFG is a group of youth at Marshall High School that are planning and undertaking a campaign to improve the retail food environment surrounding the school and increases the chances that student s will make healthy food choices on their way to and from school. They are building knowledge of healthy snacks, where they can purchase them, and partnering with surrounding food retailers to make it easy for students to make these healthy choices.

Why is this important?

The typical American diet is too high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar and too low in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium and fiber.  Such a diet contributes to the six leading causes of death and increases the risk of numerous diseases, including:
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
This is especially troubling for youth that live in urban environments that are saturated with corners stores that aggressively market junk food to young people.  Many urban youth receive nearly half of their caloric intake from their purchases at local convenience stores on their way to and from school.  Because of this alarming trend urban youth are at much higher risk to develop many life threatening diseases.
    Washington Positive Peer Pressure (WPX3)

    WPX3 is a determined and confident group of youth from George Washington High School who all want to make a difference in their school community. WPX3 aims to reduce underage alcohol use and abuse by changing student norms. Rather than focus on negative norms and scare tactics, the members of WPX3 aim to promote healthy behavior by using positive peer pressure to reduce or end use and prevent future alcohol use.

    Why is this important?

    • Helps students learn what students around them are actually doing
    • Changes the norms and let’s other youth know that drinking is not the norm.

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