Holiday Sale at Girls Inc.

I participate in the Teen Program at Girls Inc.  On November 29, 2018 I volunteered at their annual Holiday Sale where elementary students can shop and wrap gifts for their family and friends.  All of the donated items were priced between $0.25 and $1.  The students could buy a maximum of six items and up $3. I helped as a personal shopper and gave them advice and led students to the wrapping rooms where another group of volunteers help them wrap the gifts.  My sister Kylie greeted students at the door and gave out pencils and erasers to those who brought their own shopping bags.  The students bought items including books, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, kitchen supplies, arts and crafts, candles, water bottles, makeup, purses & bags, picture frames, sports equipment, games, movies, stationary, and stuffed animals. It was especially fun to help the students find the perfect gifts for their family and friends.

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Tobacco Use and Prevention Education (TUPE)

On 10/27/2018, a group of Lincoln Middle School students, along with their friends and family gathered at the LMS campus to distribute door hangers that inform Alameda citizens about the harm of candy-flavored tobacco products. In my group, I went with Lily and Kylie for 2 miles in our designated area. We even ran out of our 400+ flyers. I chose to go because candy-flavored tobacco products are targeting kids and it’s creating an unhealthy environment for children and adults alike.  I am proud that the advocacy made a difference.  The FDA recently banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes at retail stores.


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Global Climate Action Summit; Diesel Free by ’33

Over the span of three days, September 12th – 14th 2018, the Global Climate Action Summit Event hosted by Governor Jerry Brown took place in San Francisco, California. The Global Climate Action Summit brought leaders and people together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” It was a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors, and citizens with respect to climate action.

It was also a launch pad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement.

On the 12th, many affiliate events took place throughout California.  I was invited by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) as a youth speaker at their United Against GHGs: Diesel Free by ’33  conference in San Francisco.  My speech was about the importance of educating the youth and how businesses and communities can help to stop climate change from a youth’s perspective.  Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors and Tanya Muller Garcia, Secretary of the Environment from Mexico City were the keynote speakers. I met BAAQMD’s Executive Director, Jack Broadbent, several mayors and elected officials from different cities, and many agency representatives.  Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff, CA State Senator Ricardo Lara, and Santa Clara County Supervisor David Cortese were part of a panel that spoke about the progress made in their cities and their continued efforts to fight climate change.

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International Coastal Cleanup Day

On September 15th, 2018, Alyssa, Sharleen, Jada, Joshua, Sammy, Tiffany, and Cross went to Crown Memorial Beach in Alameda and participated in the International Coastal Cleanup Day.  We spent two hours picking up litter. Collectively, our group picked up about 900 pieces of litter, of which 582 were tiny plastic pieces, and 327 small pieces of foam!  There were cigarette butts, food wrappers, and fishing wires.  We even found a pair of scissors!


Gun Control Advocacy

     Seventeen students and teachers died at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th, 2018 due to gun violence.  On the one month anniversary of the Parkland massacre, March 14th, 2018, many schools across the U.S. walked out of class to honor the victims. The goal of the walkout was to advocate gun control to ban assault rifles and mandate background checks for all firearm sales.  Students and staff at my school, Lincoln Middle school walked out for seventeen minutes carrying banners and signs with the various hashtags and phrases to advocate for sensible gun control and to stop the killing of innocent lives. I joined over 500 students and staff or 80% of our school population in this peaceful protest.


      Another protest was held across the country called The March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018. Kylie, Jada, Kieu, Dan, Sharleen and I joined the Alameda March starting at the crosswalk of Park Street and Santa Clara. Several hundred people marched down Park Street to Big 5 to protest their sale of assault rifles, holding signs with slogans like, “Arms are for Hugging”, “Using the 1st Amendment to Challenge the 2nd Amendment” and “The Right to Bear Arms is NOT a License to Kill”.

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