Hilcia Guerra, is a first-generation graduate from the University of California, Irvine where she received her bachelor’s in Public Health Science. Her interest in public health and policy, coupled with her natural passion for serving the community, has further evolved during her time at KYCC. Hilcia is currently working on a public health campaign to strengthen tobacco retail licensing policies to reduce youth access to flavored tobacco products within Culver City and Los Angeles City. Furthermore, she has been working on developing the Los Angeles Youth First Tobacco Coalition (LAYFTC) to mobilize and empower community members to advocate for healthy tobacco-free communities. Hilcia enjoys traveling, nature, and sports. During her free time she loves to spend time with her family, friends, and her dog Finley.
Hello! My name is Marlee Calles Palacios and I am a junior at USC Hybrid High College Prep. I am passionate about psychology, sociology, and community service. I currently lead three clubs at hybrid (LEAP - Environmental Club, Psychology club, and Multiplying Good). The opportunity to teach my fellow peers about my passions has helped me find ways to be creative and be a team player. Growing up and living in South Central LA has helped me discover the different ways community service can change a community. I believe working with LAYFTC will open my eyes on the ways I can give back and inform my community on drug prevention.
Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer Rivera and I am excited to be Hamilton High School’s first vice president for LAYFTC. Activism is one of my passions. I have advocated in past for many causes, including the fight for immigrant rights with CHIRLA. I cannot wait to start this journey with everyone to advocate for stronger tobacco control policies and to make a change for today's youth!
Hello! My name is Ariana Olivera. I am currently an intern at Koreatown Youth Community Center (KYCC), as well as the co-chair of Project Development Committee at the Los Angeles Youth First Tobacco Coalition (LAYFTC). I am currently attending Santa Monica College and this year is my first year at college! My current major is General Science. However, once I transfer to a different university, I plan to change my major to Biology. My dream job is to be an orthopedic surgeon so I plan on pursuing medical school after graduating from university. Last year, I was able to graduate a year early from high school to get a head start! My hobbies are drawing, doing digital art, and being a fan of EXO!
Hi, my name is Shirley Agustin and I am currently an intern at LAYFTC. Currently I am a second year in college majoring in communications. In the further I would like to work in marketing, or advertising. Some of my hobbies include drawing, journaling, and sewing. In my spare time I enjoy watching horror movies or reading books. I look forward to working with LAYFTC to make the community and even better place!
My name is Joselin. I am a double major in psychology and Media Arts at Chico State. I have a passion for photography, enjoy collecting vintage cameras as well as learning more about my parents home country (Guatemala/El Salvador). I would like to work in the entertainment industry in the production team. If not then I’d like to work with organizations within my community and or become a college advisor and help students who are first gen or are from the “hood” to get to college as I am someone from South Central LA.
I am joining LAYFTC because I want the community to be more aware of issues that harm us because unfortunately not many are aware and tobacco is one of those issues that impact us all in a negative way. I have a little sister who has asthma when we got to other cities she always mentions how her breathing gets 10 times better than when she is home. I have no knowledge of tobacco and it’s history besides the negative effects and I hope to learn more about the program and about what specific action we can take to improve the community and prevent our community to continue the cycle of having easy accesible tobacco and bad health.