Program: Questioning Unspoken Underage Drinking (QUUAD)

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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
Want to learn more about QUUAD youth?

Meet Roldan Gacayan
Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 10.17.51 AM“Hello, my name is Roldan Gacayan. I attend Thurgood Marshall Academy High School, and I am part of a non-profit organization called QUUAD (Questioning Unspoken Underage Drinking). The reason why I joined QUUAD is because I want to help the community. Underage drinking is important to me because during your growth of becoming a legal aged drinker, you can create an addiction, which can affect your life span.”

                Meet Michael Dela Cruz
                Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 10.20.28 AM“Hi I am Michael Dela Cruz and I am a member of QUUAD and currently I go to Thurgood Marshall High School. The reason why I am in QUUAD is because I want to help my community. The issue of underage drinking is important to me because kids should not be drinking.”

                              Meet Alvin Truong
                              Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 10.21.08 AM“Hi my name is Alvin Truong and I attend Thurgood Marshall High school. I am in QUUAD because it is a fun program and it’s a program that helps make changes to our community. Underage drinking is important to me because it’s dangerous when kids drink. They can get themselves hurt and other too. My future plan is to go to college.”

                                            Meet Karen Phan
                                            Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 10.23.54 AM“Hi my name is Karen Phan and I am a senior at Thurgood Marshall Academy High School. I joined QUUAD because the message is important and I want to allow others to realize it. The message is basically about underage drinking and if this is a good idea or not. I want to make a difference in the way people think about underage drinking. Underage drinking is important o me because teenagers don’t realize that it can lead to something dangerous. In the future, I hope to go to college and get a good job that I want to major to support my family. ”

                                                          Meet Diego Calvillo
                                                          Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 10.22.48 AM“I am in QUUAD because I think that the issue of underage drinking is a big problem. That is why I joined QUUAD to solve the problem. Some other issues that I think are important are the issues about underage smoking. Also the issue of global warming and how it is destroying our planet.”

                                                                        Meet Kimberly Wong
                                                                        Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 10.21.50 AM“Hi, my name is Kimberly Wong and I attend Thurgood Marshall Highschool. I am in QUUAD because I believe in youth empowerment and that youth voices are important to change the community for the better. The issue of underage drinking is important to me because I feel like people don’t know what alcohol does to you or the facts. They often have misconceptions of it, so I would like to address people with the facts. My future plans are to go to college and to major in the business field. ”

                                                                                      Meet Jeffrey Hoang
                                                                                      Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 10.31.26 AM“I joined QUUAD because I was in it last year and it was fun. Underage drinking is important because kids should not ruin their life so early. I plan to go to college and have a good time there, get a good job, and make money. Underage smoking is also an important issue to me because young teens should not be hurting their health by doing this kind of stuff.”

                                                                                                    Meet Mila
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                                                                                                                                              For more information contact Amanda Trescott at atrescott@yli.org or call 415-836-9160 ext.284

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