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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.

What's New?

Applications for 2016-17 are here! 

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. The applications for the 2016-2017 term are now available here (PDF). Please review and return the application to our offices by Friday April 22nd (if submitting in person) and Sunday April 24th (if submitting electronically).

If you have questions about becoming a commissioner, please contact the YC office at (415) 554-6446. 

Submit to the #Vote16SF Spring Poster Contest!

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Have some extra time on your spring break? Submit to the #Vote16SF Poster Contest for a chance to win!

Design a poster using drawings, photos, or digital graphics representing the importance of expanding voting rights to 16-17 year olds! Find and share full details on the contest by clicking here

Examples of Themes:
16 For Democracy!
Equity, Education, and Empowerment
My Community, My Voice!
Casting a Vote for a Better Future
Details: Contest is open to all San Francisco youth ages 13-18. Visit www.Vote16sf.org to
learn more about the effort. DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, APRIL 19th.

 GRAND PRIZE: Win an Art
Supply Shopping Spree
and SF Giants Tickets!
$150 gift card to Blick Art
Materials and a pair of 2016
SF Giants tickets!
1st RUNNER UP wins a pair
of SF Giants tickets!

To submit your poster:
Send your high-resolution digital image to Celi at: ctamayolee@generationcitizen.org
Or drop off or mail originals to:
Celi Tamayo-Lee
San Francisco Youth Commission
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl. Suite 345
San Francisco, CA 94102

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).

Next Meetings

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 regularly scheduled full commission meeting of Monday, May 2, 2016 has been cancelled.
The Youth Commission will hold a special joint meeting with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. An agenda and packet have been 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: 

  • Executive Committee: Wednesday, April 27, 2016. An agenda and packet have been posted.
  • Housing, Environment & City Services Committee: Thursday, April 28, 2016. An agenda and packet have been posted.
  • Civic Engagement Committee: Thursday, May 5, 2016. An agenda and packet have been posted.


Last Meetings

The minutes from the April 4, 2016 full commission meeting have been posted.
The minutes from the April 18, 2016 full commission meeting have also been posted.


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)

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 from 2014-15 (PDF) as well as the 2014-15 annual report (PDF). To see current business from the 2014-15 term, visit our tracking YC business page.

Last updated: 4/29/2016 1:42:25 PM