Program: Tobacco Use Reduction Force (TURF)

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Tobacco Use Reduction Force (TURF)

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.

Meet the TURF team!

Malaysia Sanders, Program Lead
IMG_9271Malaysia Sanders is a 20-year-old college student. Born in San Francisco, CA, Malaysia is studying to be a California educator. Currently she attends City College of San Francisco with a major in Child Development and plans to transfer to San Francisco State University to join the credential program there. She has lots of experience working with children and volunteering since September 2009 as a junior in high school. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School, Malaysia has been gaining experience in a number of fields. Recently she has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity building houses in the East Bay and gained experience working in custodial services. She also continues her experience working with children. Malaysia has been apart of the TURF group a little over 2 years now and believes that they are really close to getting this policy passed. She enjoys working in policy and loves working close to San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Fiorella Monteza, Youth Advocate
Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 12.42.45 PMFiorella Monteza is a San Francisco native and has lived in the Bayview District all her life. She is currently attending City College of San Francisco and plans to transfer to a 4-year college by next year. She is majoring in Public health because, growing she had to over many obstacles in her neighborhood that she noticed were affecting her health and wanted to change that. Growing she was exposed to a high concentration of contamination and pollution in her community, and she wanted to do something about it. Last year she joined the Tobacco Use Reduction Force, which let her make a positive change in her community by having her voice be heard. This inspired her to take in more action towards her community by going to several other communities and doing presentations there and telling people the health policy she and her organization are working on. By her doing several presentations over the course of year, it has helped her to speak up more and overcome her shyness. She also enjoys knitting, sleeping, traveling and trying new foods. She’s especially excited on going to a new school, for the upcoming school year where she is will be one step closer in getting her degree in Public Health.

Luisa Sicairos, Youth Advocate, YLI Youth Board Member
Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 12.50.34 PMMy name is Luisa Sicairos. I have been with YLI for 7 years as a youth advocate and now a Board Member. I’m also currently a Senior at SFSU pursing a BA on Sociology and a minor in Communications. In addition, I’m a SF District 6 Youth Commissioner and an advisor at College Track for high school seniors. When I’m not at school or participating in community events, you can find me reading a book, walking down the Pier and Chinatown, or catching the latest movies.

Leeann Crisman, Youth Advocate
Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 12.45.32 PMHello there! My name is Leeann Crisman. I am 22 years old and am currently pursuing a degree in Child Development at San Francisco State University. I hope to become a teacher in the not so distant future! I am passionate about TURF and have enjoyed every moment these last 3 years! When I’m not at TURF I work in a daycare with a great group of kids. My hobbies include singing, reading, running and am always up for a hike with puppy Lucky!

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