The Youth Commission is a body of 17 youth from San Franciscan between the ages of 12 and 23. Created by the voters under a 1995 amendment to the City Charter, the commission is responsible for advising the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor on policies and laws related to young people. The Youth Commission is also charged with providing comment and recommendation on all proposed laws that would primarily affect youth before the Board takes final action. You can read more about the Youth Commission here.
Apply Now to the Vote16 Youth Empowerment Academy!
Passionate about youth civic engagement and voter participation? Want to be part of the effort to make SF the first city to expand voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds?
We are seeking young leaders ages 14-19 to serve as Organizer-Fellows through July 2016. Learn more and access the application here (PDF) or contact our office (415) 554-6446 about our upcoming orientations for new Vote16 student leaders to learn how to get involved!
Youth Commissioners adopted a resolution in January 2015, urging the expansion of voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds in municipal and school district elections. In March 2015, members of the SF Board of Supervisors introduced a charter amendment that would lower SF's voting age to 16. Check out the Vote16SF website for updates and recent press on this issue, or to learn how to get involved! You can also check out the Vote16SF FAQ's here (PDF), as well as a powerpoint (PDF) and footage (Link) from the Youth Commission's presentations to the Board of Supervisors Rules committee on June 8, 2015 and their presentation to the Board of Supervisors Budget & Finance committee May 20, 2015 (PDF).
2015-16 Youth Commissioners were sworn in by Mayor Lee September 8, 2015
We are so pleased to welcome 2015-16 Youth Commissioners who were sworn in by Mayor Ed Lee on Monday, September 8, 2015. Check back for pictures and visit our "About Us" page to read bios from new youth commissioners.
View the 2014-15 Annual Priorities Document!
On May 20, 2015, the 2014-15 Youth Commissioners presented their annual priorities to the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance committee and were pleased to be joined by youth advocates from across San Francisco! To view the footage from that hearing, you can look here. To read about the13 annual priorities and the SFYC 2014-15 Budget and Policy Priorities document in its entirety, download it here. (PDF)
The Youth Commission office conducts an application and interview process each Spring and shares applications with appointing officials, the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor. If you have questions about becoming a commissioner, please contact the YC office at (415) 554-6446.
Full Commission -- The Youth Commission meets regularly as a full body on the first and third Monday of every month. Meetings are usually held at 5:15pm in room 416 of City Hall. A calendar of all regularly scheduled Youth Commission meetings for the 2015-16 term can be viewed here (PDF).
The Youth Commission's next scheduled full commission meeting is February 16th, 2016. An agenda and packet will be posted.
Commission Committees -- The Youth Commission has standing issue-based committees that meet regularly in the Youth Commission office, room 345 of City Hall. Issue-based committees meet at 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm. The Youth Commission 2015-16 issue-based committees are the: Civic Engagement committee, Youth Justice committee, Housing, Environment and City Services committee, and Economic Justice and Immigration committee.
The upcoming commission committee meetings are as follows:
- Youth Justice Committee on Monday, February 8, 2016. An agenda and packet have been posted.
- Economic Justice and Immigration Committee on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. An agenda and packet have been posted.
- Executive Committee on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. An agenda and packet have been posted.
- Housing, Environment and City Services Committee on Thursday, February 11, 2016. An agenda and packet will be posted.
The draft minutes from the February 1, 2016 full commission meeting have been posted.
What Happened in the Recent Past?
To see what we were focused on last term, check out the Youth Commission's Policy and Budget Priorities for FY 13-14 and 14-15 (PDF) as well as the 2013-14 annual report (PDF). To see current business from the 2014-15 term, visit our tracking YC business page.