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Youth Commission


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.


Cannabis Education Survey

San Mateo County and the Youth Commission’s Health & Wellness Committee are working together to create a website with information about marijuana for young people in San Mateo County. This survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and asks you about how you spend your time online and your feedback on several images and statements. By completing this survey, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card.

Take the survey here!


Join local experts to learn how cannabis can impact a young person’s development. Find out what you can do to prevent underage use.

Check out the following for more information on dates, times, and locations:

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.


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 the Youth Leadership Institute, 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 well-being 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


Environmental Justice
Human Rights
Health & Wellness
Education  & Economic Development

Current Commissioners

First Name Last Name School Term Beginning Board or Commission Liaison to:
Rita Abdel-Malek Sequioa High School 8/31/2017  
Eeshan Bhat San Mateo High School 8/31/2017 Parks Commission
Jade Costello Notre Dame High School 8/31/2017  
Diego De Nault Sequoia High School 8/31/2017  
Athina De Jesus   8/31/2017  
Cassandra Fell St. Ignatius School 8/31/2017  
Lester Gutierrez Alma Heights Christian School 8/31/2017  
Dominic Hauscarriague St. Ignatius School 8/31/2017  
Jane Ho      
Faith Leung St. Ignatius School 8/31/2017  
Chelsea Lo Burlingame High School 8/31/2017 Commission on the Status of Women
Annie Lu Mills High School 8/31/2017 Commission on the Status of Women
Clara MacAvoy Sequoia High School 8/31/2017 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission
Sydney Mufarreh Mills High School 8/31/2017  
Sarah Pistorino Sacred Heart Prep 8/31/2017  
Monique Ray El Camino High School 8/31/2017  
Rubi Salazar College of San Mateo 8/31/2017  
Emily Sanchez Jefferson High School 8/31/2017  
Vikram Seshadri Hillview Middle School 8/31/2017  
Jackson Smith Woodside Priory 8/31/2017 STD/HIV Community Board
Yareli Solis Sequoia High School 8/31/2017  
Sophia Vahanvaty Urban School 8/31/2017  
Vineela Vandanapu Notre Dame High School 8/31/2017  
Kathryn Wilson Menlo School 8/31/2017  
Julianna Wing Notre Dame High School 8/31/2017  

SMCYC Group Resume

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, Room 101, 455 County Center, Redwood City

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


agendas – 2017-2018

SMCYC Agenda 8-12-17

SMCYC Agenda 8-31-17

SMCYC Agenda 9-21-17

SMCYC Agenda 9-28-17

SMCYC Agenda 10-13-17

SMCYC Agenda 10-19-17

SMCYC Agenda 10-26-17

SMCYC Agenda 11-2-17

SMCYC Agenda 11-9-17

SMCYC Agenda 11-16-17

SMCYC Agenda 12-7-17

SMCYC Agenda 12-14-17

SMCYC Agenda 1-18-18

SMCYC Agenda 1-25-18

SMCYC Agenda 2-18-18

SMCYC Agenda 2-15-18

SMCYC Agenda 3-8-18

SMCYC Agenda 3-15-18

SMCYC Agenda 3-22-18

SMCYC Agenda 4-5-18

SMCYC Agenda 4-19-18

SMCYC Agenda 4-26-18.docx

SMCYC Agenda 5-3-18

Agendas – 2016-2017

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

SMCYC Agenda 1-26-17

SMCYC Agenda 2-2-17

SMCYC Agenda 2-16-17

SMCYC Agenda 2-23-17

SMCYC Agenda 3-2-17

SMCYC Agenda 3-16-17

SMCYC Agenda 3-23-17

SMCYC Agenda 4-13-17

SMCYC Agenda 4-20-17

SMCYC Agenda 4-27-17

SMCYC Agenda 5-10-17

SMCYC Agenda 5-18-17

SMCYC Agenda 5-25-17

How to join


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 2 meetings per month.

You may also join as a public member of the Youth Commission and take part in all aspects of meetings however you will not be allowed to vote on commission matters.

Click here for more information and to apply! 

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