After connecting through a former teacher and mentor, four high school students — all with a shared interest in social justice —developed a community-based platform to connect San Francisco youth. In wake of global crises, The STORM founders observed an evident disconnect between students and their peers, as well as their communities — accompanied by a steady rise of youth organizations. They believed in capturing the diversity of San Francisco — while breaking down cultural barriers — to build and sustain an accessible community for all.
THE STORM DATABASE
The database is split into six main types of resources. Looking for a movement to be a part of? Look under our Activism tab. Looking for a job or ways to plan for college? Look under College Bound! Want to sit on a youth council and represent your peers? Try our Youth Representation tab! Need health resources? Look to our Health and Wellness tab! Looking for ways to connect with your neighborhood? Look under Community! Want a job or internship? You guessed it, turn to the Jobs/Internship tab.
ORIGIN STORIES BLOG
Origin Stories is The STORM's blog, where you can read a series of interviews featuring amazing youth founders, entrepreneurs, artists, and more!
MEET THE FOUNDERS
Sasa Ramos is a sophomore at Lowell High School. They started their activist career at a young age; from student government to grassroots organizing, social justice is always on their mind. Sasa is currently President of GENup SF and a member of CardinalBotics (Go Cardinals!) As a proud Filipinx, they are involved in Lowell’s Fil-Am and Polynesian clubs. Their hobbies include playing guitar, bullet journaling, and studying ciphers (see if you can solve this: h knud qnansr.) As part of the “Fantastic Four,” they are honored to take the world by STORM!
Fun fact: “My sock drawer is home to rocks found across the globe- from the streets of France to my favorite getaway, Ocean Beach.”
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Kayla Yee is SUPER excited to be apart of The STORM team! She goes to Lowell high school and was APG’s 2019-2020 Student Body President. Being able to represent 1,200 students and lead APG’s Student Government opened her eyes to see that the changes start from youth. She also absolutely LOVE the arts; dance, musical theatre, painting, performing, you name it! *theatre kid alert* Kayla was recently in Sound of Music (Louisa Von Trapp), which unfortunately got canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but she was able to play Mabel in an online production of The Pyjama Game.
HEAD OF DESIGN
Joanna Lam is currently a junior at Lowell High School. She’s been a part of student government since she was 5 years old! She served as the Lowell Class of 2022 President during her freshman and sophomore years. She’s also the Executive Officer of the SF Fire Youth Academy. She’s had her fair share of activist movements, and she truly believes YOUTH will change the world. Some of her hobbies include playing the guitar, playing basketball, and learning languages! She’s delighted to work with the STORM team!
Fun fact: "My quarantine hobby has been trying to figure out the best recipes for certain breakfast foods. I think I have mastered the French omelette, but I am yet to master French toast."