Precious Listana ’15 Appointed to San Francisco Youth Commission

SHC senior Precious Listana ’15 was sworn into service as the San Francisco District 6 Youth Commissioner by Major Ed Lee at a City Hall ceremony this week. Precious joins 16 other Youth Commissioners, each appointed to a member of the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor.

The San Francisco community voted Proposition F into legislation in November 1995, creating the Youth Commission. The Youth Commission is responsible for advising the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor on legislative policies, programs, priorities and budgets concerning San Francisco youth. They are further tasked with identifying unmet needs of the City’s youth through research of existing programs and funding, engaging with advocacy groups and organizing public forums.

Precious, an SHC Piro Scholar, De Paul Scholar and Kiva Service-Learning Project student-leader shares, “Ever since my family moved to Tenderloin district in December 2005, I learned to see the “TL” as my home. Growing up in the TL opened my eyes to its beauty, diversity in ethnicity, culture and ideas. Despite the neighborhood’s notorious reputation, there are many thriving families due to some very helpful organizations. Inspired by my neighborhood’s diversity and supportive community, I applied for and was accepted by the Youth Commission.”

“As the District 6 (Tenderloin and South of Market) Youth Commissioner, I will work alongside Supervisor Jane Kim. In my term, I hope to address neighborhood safety, employment and immigration, affordable housing and social justice issues regarding marginalized communities.”

Throughout her time at SHC, Precious has served on student council, Block Club, participated in speech and debate, cross-country and track teams. This year, she was also selected to participate in the Global Youth Institute based on her winning research paper on the role of gender inequality in food insecurity in Somalia.

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