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Youth Commission

Overview

San Mateo County Youth Commission

In 1993, the Board of Supervisors established Resolution 57588, which created the San Mateo County Youth Commission. This was then amended by Resolution 59609 adopted in 1995.

Mission Statement

The Youth Commission strives to address issues affecting youth in San Mateo County and close the gap between adult and youth perspectives. By placing youth in committees and on County Boards and Commissions, the Youth Commission increases awareness of and advocates for youth issues, advises the Board of Supervisors, presents policy recommendations, and creates projects that serve the community.

Introduction

The San Mateo County Youth Commission is an advisory commission to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, established in 1993 to address youth need in the county and provide youth voice in local government. The Commission consists of 25 members, between the ages of 13-21, who reside or attend school in San Mateo County. Funded by the Health and Policy Planning Unit of the County’s Health Services, reporting to the Board of Supervisors, and housed under StarVista, the Commission is a collaborative effort of all three San Mateo County serving entities.

Top Priorities for 2016-2017

  1. Advocate for youth issues and amplify youth voices
  2. Educate youth about health issues and increase access to services in order to promote emotional social mental and physical wellbeing among youth
  3. Raise awareness and advocate for environmental action
  4. Address issues facing youth, identified in the adolescent needs report
  5. Promote civic engagement among youth and assert youth needs in local legislation
  6. Help youth locate services in the community in order to promote equity
  7. Publicize the Youth Commission and Youth Conference

Committees

Adolescent Needs

The Adolescent Needs Committee is the backbone of the Youth Commission. Every five years, ANC produces and disseminates the Adolescent Needs Report, a county-wide survey that identifies the needs of youth in the community, in partnership with the San Mateo County Health Services, as well as the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. The latest survey was conducted in 2014. ANC is currently working to identify key priorities and policy recommendations through the survey, and implementing projects in the community to address those issues. This year, we have made infographics about FAFSA and raised awareness of marijuana use. 

Teen Stress & Happiness

The Teen Stress & Happiness Committee works to become aware of, acknowledge, and address issues that affect the mental, physical, emotional, and social well-being of youth and teens in San Mateo County. In the past few years, we have focused on a range of teen issues, from cyber bullying to drunk driving to teen mental health, the latter particularly because of the increase in suicide rates amongst teens. We have given various presentations focused around teen mental health issues. Some examples include eating disorders, depression, stigma, transitioning into high school, to name a few. This year we are focused on addressing the problem of abuse in our county. Emotional, physical, and sexual. We are holding a forum, that will discuss domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault, and how it affects our county.

Immigrant Youth

The Immigrant Youth Committee is a committee within the Youth Commission with the objective to emphasize the immigrant youth perspective through advocacy, legislation, and reports. We are currently working on the annual the Passion, Dedication, Determination Immigrant Youth award that will be presented to individuals who contribute to their communities. As well as the award, we are also currently working on investigating and reporting the San Mateo County’s policies are on sanctuary cities and how we can make these policies known to the general public.

Environmental Protection

The Environmental Protection Committee, or EPC, is a group of 5 commissioners dedicated to helping promote environmental sustainability in the County. We do this through educational events and partnering with agencies who are involved in the environment. Additionally, we work to promote spending time in the outdoors, such as visiting parks and using active transportation like biking or walking. We are currently working on an educational awareness event about Bees that will be held in a County Park, and hope to hold an environmental art competition later in the year. Anyone who is passionate about the environment and spending time outdoors is more than welcome on our Committee. 

Legislative

The Legislative Committee seeks to encourage youth civic engagement and educate youth on local and national legislature through public events, youth discussions, and panels. We also have the opportunity to propose county-wide legislation to the Board of Supervisors and advise them on youth-concerned legislation.  

Current Commissioners

First Name

Last Name

School

Term Beginning

Term End

Eeshan

Bhat

San Mateo HS (D2)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Cassandra

Fell

St. Ignatius School (SF)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Dominic

Hauscarriague

St. Ignatius School (SF)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Kevin

Huo

San Mateo HS (D2)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Ashley

Kall

Burlingame HS (D1)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Faith

Leung

St. Ignatius School (SF)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Chelsea

Lo

Burlingame HS (D1)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Annie

Lu

Mills HS (D1)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Clara

MacAvoy

Sequoia HS (D4)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Rodney

Martinez

Archbishop Riordan (SF)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Liza

Pertseva

Menlo-Atherton HS (D3)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Sarah

Pistorino

Sacred Heart Prep (D3)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Ashley

Ravid

Nueva HS (D2)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Rubi

Salazar

College of San Mateo (D1)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Justin

Shu

Aragon HS (D2)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Jackson

Smith

Woodside Priory (D3)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Roxanne

Urbani

Burlingame HS (D1)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Sophia

Vahanvaty

Urban School (SF)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Isabelle

Valdes

Carlmont HS (D3)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Margarita

Vasquez

SF State University (SF)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Noah

Weinstein

Mills HS (D1)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Kathryn

Wilson

Menlo School (D3)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Julianna

Wing

Notre Dame HS (D2)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Klytie

Xu

Mills HS (D1)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

Milagros

Yoch

Notre Dame HS (D2)

7/26/2016

6/30/2017

San Mateo County Youth Conference

The Youth Conference is a place for teens and youth groups in San Mateo County to showcase what they have been doing in our community. Attendees will be able to learn from other youth leaders, get connected to community resources, and meet adult community leaders.

This year’s conference will be held on April 15, 2017

workshop proposal application

If you are interested in facilitating a workshop or presentation at the Youth Conference, please fill out the following application: http://bit.ly/SMCYCProposal

SMCYC Group Resume

Below is an overview of the amazing skills and knowledge possessed by the San Mateo County Youth Commissioners. 

Hometown
  • Burlingame
  • Emerald Hills
  • Foster City
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Hillsborough
  • Menlo Park
  • Millbrae
  • Pacifica
  • Palo Alto
  • Redwood City
  • San Bruno
Work experience
  • Ace Hardware
  • Babysitting
  • Congressional Internship
  • Event Organizer
  • Lifeguard
  • Peet’s Coffee
  • Preschool Teacher’s Aide
  • Restaurant
  • Starbucks
  • Swim Instructor
  • Tutoring
volunteer experience
  • 4H
  • Camp Counselor
  • Coastside Youth Council
  • Girl Scouts
  • Homeless Shelter
  • Mills Peninsula Hospital
  • Mission Trips
  • Peninsula Family Service
  • Piano Player at Retirement Home
  • Relay for Life
  • San Bruno Parks and Rec
  • Soccer Camp
  • Star Vista Suicide Prevention Center
  • Today’s Youth Matter
  • Tutoring
  • Youth Leadership Institute
leadership experience
  • Associated Student Body
  • Captain – JV Golf
  • Captain – Lacrosse
  • Captain – Soccer
  • Chair – SMCYC
  • Chapter President – Future Farmers of America
  • Coastside Youth Council
  • Communications Director – Health and Wellness Board
  • Delegate – American Legion Boys State
  • President – Biotech Club
  • President – Library Advisory Committee
  • President – Spain Club
educational experience
  • Advanced Placement
    • Biology
    • Calculus
    • English
    • European History
    • Government
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Spanish
    • US History
  • Astronomy
  • Coding
  • Music Theory
  • TV Production
Extracurricular Activities
  • Band/Musical Instruments
  • Basketball
  • Cheer
  • Choir
  • Coastside Youth Council
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Friday Night Live
  • Golf
  • Karate
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • Radio
  • Sailing
  • School Newspaper
  • SMCYC
  • Soccer
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yearbook
  • Youth Group
Hobbies, talents, and skills
  • Languages
    • Spanish
    • French
    • Russian
    • Mandarin
    • Hebrew
  • Gardening
  • Performing Arts
  • Photoshop
  • Sewing
  • Singing
  • Writing
travel experience
  • Africa
    • Kenya
  • Americas
    • US States
    • Canada
    • Mexico
    • Guatemala
    • Belize
  • Arctic
  • Asia
    • Israel, Russia, China, Japan, Taiwan
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • England, France, Sweden, Greece, Italy
accomplishments
  • San Mateo County Youth Commissioner
  • Black Belt – Taekwondo
  • Brown Belt – Karate
  • Future Farmers of America – Chapter President
  • Water Safety Instructor
  • First Aid Training
  • Musical Theater
  • Poetry Contest Winner

SMCYC Meetings

Workgroup Meeting – 3rd Thursday of the Month, 6:15 – 8:15 PM, Health Services Building, Room 100, 225 – 27th Avenue, San Mateo

Public Meeting – 4th Thursday of the Month, 6:15 – 8:15 PM, San Mateo County Board Chambers, 400 County Center, Redwood City

Meetings dates subject to change. Please check the calendar for updates and events. All meetings are open to the public

Minutes and Agendas

Agendas

SMCYC Agenda 9-1-16

SMCYC Agenda 9-8-16

SMCYC Agenda 9-15-16

SMCYC Agenda 9-22-16

SMCYC Agenda 10-20-16

SMCYC Agenda 10-27-16

SMCYC Agenda 11-3-16

SMCYC Agenda 11-10-16

SMCYC Agenda 11-17-16

SMCYC Agenda 12-1-16

SMCYC Agenda 12-08-16

SMCYC Agenda 1-12-17

SMCYC Agenda 1-19-17

How to join

Requirements

The Youth Commission is comprised of 25 youth between the ages of 13-21 who reside or attend school in San Mateo County. Commissioners serve a fixed term from July 1st to June 30 and are required to attend meetings per month.

Recruitment

The San Mateo County Youth Commission is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 term!
 
Join a diverse group of youth to represent young people in San Mateo County. Offer youth perspective on important issues facing your community and work directly with the Board of Supervisors and County departments as a leader and voice for youth in the county! APPLY: http://bit.ly/APPLY_SMCYC

Commands