This Is Not Normal

Opening Reception

August 13, 2015 6pm – 9pm

Exhibit Open

August 12, 2015 – August 16, 2015

Youth Creating Change (YCC) is a partnership between UCSF medical students on a special track, Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US), and high school students from under-resourced high schools in San Francisco. PRIME-US students are committed to mitigating social inequities that lead to disparities in health care and health outcomes and are dedicated to working with urban underserved populations as future physicians. High school students are from neighborhoods of San Francisco disproportionately burdened by poverty, violence, and crime, which include the Tenderloin, Bayview, Mission and Visitacion Valley. Like most of San Francisco, these neighborhoods are being transformed by gentrification and a shifting demographic.

The youth identify the most concerning topics that affect the health of their communities and decide which projects YCC implements to highlight and address these issues. The youth assume the roles of project organizers, CFOs, PR officials, and researchers while UCSF PRIME-US students participate in an advisory and guidance capacity. Through these projects and responsibilities, YCC youth gain leadership skills that empower them to positively contribute to higher institutions and their communities today and in the future.

This is Not Normal exhibits two projects completed by YCC during the 2014-2015 school year. The first is a photovoice project that features color photographs. The youth identified drugs in schools and school inequities across San Francisco as a major contributor to the health of their communities. Some of the photographs reflect disparities in their schools, while the majority of them portray “The Normality of Suffering” (Juan Dominguez, 2015), “Influences” (Nehemias Larin, 2015) and disparities they witness on a daily basis to and from school.

The second project the youth completed is a T-shirt design in response to recent local and national violent acts committed by police towards individuals of color. The design is a reflection of numerous discussions we have had concerning the relationship between law enforcement and our communities. T-shirts designed and silk-screened by the youth will be sold during the show to raise money for future YCC projects.

This is Not Normal was curated by YCC youth.

Exhibiting Artists:

Katy Wong

Khya Brownlee

Sebastian Perea

Phillip Cawthorne

Kevin Sanchez

Raul Godinez

Josue Pineda

Mellany Quiroz

Denilson Rodriguez

Claudia Bolanos

Tony Barajas

Nehemias Larin

Juan Dominguez