The Youth Commission is a body of 17 San Franciscans 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.
2015-16 Youth Commissioners to be sworn in September 8, 2015
2014-15 Annual Priorities Document is Ready!
On May 20, 2015, 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)
Let's extend voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds in San Francisco!
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).
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 2014-15 term can be viewed here (PDF).
The Youth Commission held its last meeting of the 2014-15 term on July 20, 2015. The 2015-16 Youth Commission will hold an inaugural special meeting Tuesday, September 8, 2015. An agenda 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 5:00 pm. The Youth Commission 2014-15 issue-based committees were: Housing, Environment, and City Services committee; Youth Justice committee; and Immigration and Employment committee. 2015-16 committees will begin meeting in late September and a calendar of all regular meetings will be posted.
The minutes from the June 1, 2015 full commission meeting are now available.
The draft minutes from the July 20, 2015 full commission meeting are also available.
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.