Why does the Youth Commission have meetings and what are they about?
The Youth Commission is responsible, under SEC 4.124 of the City Charter, for advising the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor on "the effects of legislative policies, needs, assessments, priorities, programs, and budgets concerning the children and youth of San Francisco."
The Youth Commission also has the ability to provide the Board and the Mayor "comment and recommendation" on all proposed laws "that primarily affect the children and youth" of San Francisco.
Following the Charter, then, Youth Commissioners usually do three kinds of things at their meetings:
(1) consider proposed laws from the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor, and make comments and recommendations;
(2) listen to presentations by community members and City officials about existing government programs that serve youth and pressing community issues; and
(3) debate and adopt resolutions that formally express the Youth Commission's positions on various issues affecting young people in San Francisco.
Check out the Agendas & Minutes page to see the official record of what the Youth Commission has done.
When are the meetings and can I come talk about something?
The Youth Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 5:15pm in City Hall, Room 416. Want to come? Feel free to take a look at our meeting schedule, click here for PDF. Do you have an issue you think the Youth Commission should hear about? Fill out an agenda item request form (PDF) to get on the Youth Commission agenda. You can click here to download the form .
The Youth Commission's four-person Executive Committee decides what appears on the the meeting agendas. The Executive Committee meets at 6:45pm in room 345 of City Hall on the Wednesday before every Youth Commission meeting.
2013-2014 Youth Commission Committees
Are you 12-23 years old? A San Francisco resident? Passionate about your community, public policy and local government?
If you answered yes to the questions above, please come to a Youth Commission committee meeting! Take a look at our 2013-2014 Youth Commission all committee meeting calendar available in (PDF).
As per the 2013-2014 Youth Commission Bylaws (PDF), the Youth Commission shall have 5 standing, issue-based committees. Each committee meets, at minimum, once a month. Committee meetings are in the Youth Commission office (City hall, room 345):
The Youth Commission also has a five-member Executive Committee--meets on the Wednesday before a full Youth Commission meeting in the Youth Commission office--that, as per the Commission bylaws, is critical to the functioning of the entire Commission; most importantly, perhaps the Executive Committee creates full Youth Commission meeting agendas.
Accessible Meeting Information
In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity, or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products. Please help the City accommodate these individuals.
To obtain a disability‐related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services to participate in the meeting, please contact Adele Carpenter, Youth Commission Acting Director [phone: 415-554 6464; email: firstname.lastname@example.org] at least 48 hours before the meeting, except for Monday meetings, for which the deadline is 4:00 p.m. the previous Friday. Full Commission Meetings are held in Room 416 at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place in San Francisco. City Hall is accessible to persons using wheelchairs and other assistive mobility devices. Ramps are available at the Grove, Van Ness and McAllister entrances.
LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS: Requests must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the
meeting to help ensure availability. Contact Peggy Nevin at (415) 554-5184. AVISO EN
ESPAÑOL: La solicitud para un traductor debe recibirse antes de mediodía de el viernes anterior a la reunion. Llame a Derek Evans (415) 554-7702.