Full Commission - March 18, 2013 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
March 18, 2013 (All day)

San Francisco Youth Commission
Monday, March 18, 2013
City Hall, Room 416
1. Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.

San Francisco, CA 94102

There will be public comment on each item.

Mia Shackelford, Chair
Nicholas Persky, Vice Chair, Paul Monge-Rodriguez, Co-Legislative Affairs Officer, Rachel Brodwin, Co-Legislative Affairs Officer, Christine Huynh, Communications & Outreach Officer, Sarah Armstrong, Angel Carrion, Brian Chu, Kyron Covington, Ramon Gomez, Alex Guzman-Ramos, Lily Marshall-Fricker, Mia Tu Mutch, Vee Taumoepeau, Vanessa Warri, Eric Wu, Ariel Yu

1. Call to Order and Roll Call

Youth Commission chairwoman, Mia Shackelford called the meeting to order at 5:20 p.m.

The roll was called. Commissioners present: Angel Carrion, Kyron Covington, Alex Guzman-Ramos, Christine Huynh, Paul Monge-Rodriguez, Mia Tu Mutch, Nicholas Persky, Mia Shackelford, Eric Wu, Ariel Yu. Commissioners absent: Sarah Armstrong, Rachel Brodwin, Brian Chu, Ramon Gomez, Lily Marshall-Fricker, Vee Taumoepeau, Vanessa Warri, Eric Wu. Commissioner Chu was noted present at 5:23 p.m.

There was quorum.

Staff present: Adele Carpenter, Allen Lu, Phimy Truong.

2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)

There was no public comment.

Commissioner Carrion, seconded by Commissioner Huynh, moved to approve the agenda. The agenda was approved by acclamation.

3. Approval of Minutes (Action Item)

A. Tuesday, February 19, 2013
(Document A)

There was no public comment.

Commissioner Yu, seconded by Commissioner Carrion, moved to approve the minutes from Tuesday, February 19, 2013. The minutes were approved by acclamation.

8. Presentations (Discussion and Possible Action)

A. Invitation to Frisco Day April 2013 and request to provide outreach to event.
Presenter: Bryant Tan, Senior Planner and Policy Analyst, Department of Children, Youth, and their Families
(Document B)

Chairwoman Shackelford called this item out of order.

Mr. Tan thanked commissioners for their time and for their support with Youth Advocacy Day on the upcoming Wednesday. He offered an introduction to “Bridge to Success,” (BTS) an initiative that has been going on for three years as a partnership between City College of San Francisco (CCSF), San Francisco State University (SFSU), Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF), the Mayor’s Office, and non-profit partners.

Mr. Tan explained that today’s job market increasingly requires a college degree. Of the 5.5 thousand students entering SFUSD every year, 4 thousand graduate. One thousand graduates do not enroll in post-secondary education. One thousand enroll in City College, but 650 have not finished a 2-year degree after 5 years because they cannot enroll in required courses or have to repeat remedial math and English courses. BTS tries to address these concerns through student support and policy intervention.

BTS uses a data-driven approach to identify “loss points,” pilot new initiatives, and evaluate those efforts. They aim to increase data sharing across the school-to-college continuum to better track students post-graduation. Some accomplishments of BTS include giving SFUSD students priority enrollment in CCSF courses and allowing students to re-take placement tests within two weeks.

A cornerstone of BTS’ work is Frisco Day. Each year, BTS brings SFUSD seniors together to learn about college success and visit college campuses. Friday April 19, 2013 will be Frisco Day. All SFUSD seniors will be engaged based on their post-high school plans by visiting campuses at UCSF, SFSU, and City College. The goals of the event are to impart college knowledge, persistence, provide options, and build capacity for self-advocacy and students’ ability to use existing resources.

Mr. Tan asked for support from commissioners in getting the word out about this event, volunteering to help, and tabling at the resource fair. He emphasized the importance of having youth leaders present at the event to share ideas and support. The event takes place from 10am to 2pm and volunteer shifts are available throughout the day. Mr. Tan closed by inviting commissioners’ feedback on how to close the achievement gap.

Chairwoman Shackelford affirmed the importance of this initiative and the commission’s concern for credit recovery and positive educational outcomes.

Commissioner Monge-Rodriguez asked about volunteer priorities. Mr. Tan affirmed BTS needs the most support at City College. Commissioner Chu asked Mr. Tan why students fall off track educationally. Mr. Tan explained that financial aid is a major concern, and that people want to enter the workforce rather than accruing student debt. BTS tries to impart that college is a good long-term investment and that students can work while in college. Commissioner Monge-Rodriguez also commented on the issue of immigration/legal status and asked if this would be incorporated into the workshop. Mr. Tan explained that sessions would be hosted for undocumented youth during the financial aid section of Frisco Day. Chair Shackelford asked if the needs of students off graduation track would be addressed. Mr. Tan explained that it was not part of Frisco Day, but is part of the larger BTS effort. Every student should be contacted and informed if they are off track to graduate and informed of resources like Summer School and CCSF’s transitional studies program.

Commissioners Huynh, Guzman-Ramos, Monge-Rodriguez, and Carrion expressed interest in tabling at Frisco Day.

4. Public Comment on Items not on Agenda (Discussion Only)

Mr. Dennis MacKenzie, from Round the Diamond, Sports and Public Service Pathways, presented key elements of his proposed plan for a multi-cultural classroom and educational exchange program at the Warriors’ arena. He stressed that the citizen advisory board appointed by the Port Commission is currently seeking public comment and that this is a key juncture to give input about what the community would like to see at the Warriors’ arena.

CONTINUED 8. Youth Commission Business (All Items to Follow Discussion and Possible Action)

B. Presentation on Transitional Age Youth San Francisco Initiative and Request for Feedback and Sponsorship of TAY Education Reengagement Forum. Presenters: Jose-Luis Mejia, Transitional Age Youth Young Adult Advisor; Monica Flores, Rene Ontiveros, TAY Young Adult Advocates (Documents C, D)

Chairwoman Shackelford called this item out of order.

Mr. Mejia greeted commissioners and explained he wanted to offer commissioners some background on the TAY reengagement forum in order to seek commissioners’ feedback on the agenda and event. There are over 5 thousand San Franciscans 18-25 who do not have a high school diploma or GED. The outcomes of this are dire, especially in San Francisco, where we have a highly educated workforce. Getting a high school diploma or a GED is the first step, but unfortunately, there is little effort put into re-engagement after people have left high school without graduating. Most efforts focus on increasing success rates within SFUSD. This creates additional barriers to young parents and other disconnected youth. The goal of the forum is to bring awareness to the overall issue, as well as take action to improve outcomes.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Youth Council, a body formed as a requirement of getting federal workforce investment act funds. The youth council is made up of adults from youth-serving departments and the school district. This forum is engaging the youth council to encourage them to take leadership on this issue.

Mr. Mejia gave an overview of the structure of the event. He explained there will be breakout groups focusing on TAY re-engagement, Funding and Resources, and Service Coordination. These breakouts would engage young people around what forms of re-engagement are successful, providers around identifying on-the-ground barriers, and policy leaders on how funding sources can be identified to meet the needs identified. The event will include a call to action for the Youth Council’s Education Working Group, and an invitation for youth and providers to stay involved keeping these efforts community-informed.

Mr. Mejia invited questions and feedback from commissioners. Commissioner Carrion advised that a training on city budget process might benefit participants. He offered to share the commission’s budget training documents. Commissioner Monge-Rodriguez suggested having a breakout group focus on the better alignment of existing services to re-engage disconnected TAY. Commissioner Guzman-Ramos asked about the outreach plan for the forum. Commissioner Yu asked about the target audience of the forum. Mr. Mejia explained that the forum was meant to reach young people in need of educational re-engagement, young people being successfully engaged, service providers, and people with fiscal and policy oversight. Mr. Mejia closed by affirming he would share the upcoming dates and fliers when they were available. Chairwoman Shackelford thanked Mr. Mejia for his commitment to young adult empowerment within city government and for his work with the youth council.

9. Youth Commission Business (All Items to Follow Discussion and Possible Action)

A. [First Reading] Resolution 1213-14-Resolution Supporting the Save City College of San Francisco Coalition
Sponsor and presenter: Commission Carrion; Shanell Williams, Associated Students President – Ocean Campus, City College of San Francisco; Eric Blanc, Student Leader, Save City College of SF Coalition
(Document E)

Chairwoman Shackelford called item 9A out of order.

Commissioner Carrion gave context for the resolution. The former chair, Leah LaCroix previously brought forward and passed a resolution on the accreditation crisis at City College of San Francisco (CCSF). He indicated that given the importance of CCSF to local youth and the time sensitive nature of the issue, he aimed to suspend the bylaws and vote on the resolution upon first reading. Commissioner Carrion read the resolution into the public record.

Shanell Williams, Associated Students of CCSF president gave her comments. She explained that CCSF was responsible for serving 1 in 3 San Franciscans, and was especially important for serving those youth spoken about in the previous presentations. She indicated that the current accreditation crisis is being used to usher in a sweeping reorganization of the college that is bringing up major concerns about accessibility, equity, and affordability. She gave an overview of the history of the Save CCSF coalition. Since July, members of the coalition have hosted rallies, done research, and looked at the role of the ACCJC. According to their research, 25% of community colleges in California are currently on sanctions. This rate is 80% higher than the rest of the nation. The college has faced 800 million in budget cuts and major drops in student enrollment. Coupled with accreditation threats, this is a challenging moment for the future of our community colleges and brings up major equity concerns. CCSF has been around 77 years and has never been warned or sanctioned by an accrediting body. CCSF is widely recognized as having a high quality education.

Faculty and staff unions backed up Prop A and Prop 30 in 2012. The chief financial officer indicated there would be $750,000 in savings without cuts if both measures passed. However, after both propositions passed, the administration decided to use the extra funds for “accreditation costs,” including consultants and building the college’s financial reserves past the 5% required rate to 8%. Some of the changes proposed by the administration are worse than what is being required by the accrediting commission. The accrediting commission, ACCJC, is up for their accreditation in Fall, so the coalition is aiming to bring people to Washington DC to supply third party comment.

Ms. Williams stressed some of the effects of the changes already underway, namely that all of part time counselors have been laid off, faculty are facing a second pay cut, and all of the student retention centers are being consolidated. Ethnic studies courses are being cut. Deans are being laid off. One thing that will be particularly hard for students, is that they will no longer be allowed to register with an outstanding balance.

Eric Blanc, student leader, offered his comments. He explained that what students are being told by the administration is that the only way to save the school is to downsize it. Students believe this is contrary to the mission of the school and the intentions of voters in passing Prop A. Save CCSF has come up with an alternative set of proposals: City officials must ensure that Prop A funds are used for education. The public knows less about this than they ought to. The narrative needs to be re-shaped. The college has the money, now it just needs to be applied. This should be a budget priority for the entire city.

Mr. Blanc explained that Save CCSF has been concerned by overall silence from elected officials in the city. He stressed that the Youth Commission has a major role to play in reversing this trend. City Hall must call on Dept. of Education to stop the unjustified show cause sanctions against CCSF. The accreditation commission is broken, not City College. CCSF was deemed one of top 11 community colleges by the New York Times last year. This crisis says more about ACCJC than it does about CCSF. The City’s leaders can take a stand against this. In 2006, Berkeley City College threatened to sue the ACCJC and won. If there were more push back from elected officials and the administration, we could win here in San Francisco.

Mr. Blanc stressed that at the recent mobilization at City Hall, there were many students taking English as a second language courses present, because non-credit classes are on chopping block. Right now, the coalition is asking city officials to take a stand on the use of Prop A funds. He stressed he was there to support Commissioner Carrion’s resolution, and also to see how else individual commissioners can help. He closed by stressing that these changes would most affect high school students not yet in college, and that Save CCSF would like feedback about how to engage high school students.

The chair thanked the presenters and stressed the importance of this issue in light of other presentations heard by the commission that evening. Where the commission has been discussing creating connections to college, we also need to be concerned with keeping colleges open.

Commissioner Chu asked the presenters if the nature of the ACCJC’s complaints against the college were fiscal or academic.

Ms. Williams explained that there was a shift in the accreditation body to focus primarily on fiscal and governance issues, and these were the nature of the complaints against CCSF. Because of this, students and faculty shifted focus to pass Prop A and Prop 30 in 2012, in order to solve fiscal concerns.

Commissioner Monge-Rodriguez suggested the language in the resolution could be strengthened by asking the city supervisors to hold a hearing on the issue. Chairwoman Shackelford asked Commissioner Monge-Rodriguez to collect the names of commissioners who would like to get involved with that effort.

The presenters affirmed their request of the youth commission was to ask the mayor and the Board of Supervisors to take a clearer stand. They stressed the time-sensitivity of this issue, as ACCJC would prepare another set of findings in June. They offered their support for the idea of holding a hearing, particularly on the use of the Prop A funds.

Commissioner Tu Mutch offered her feedback as a CCSF student who has been appalled by college’s response. She indicated that the resolution speaks about the ACCJC sanctioning CCSF more than for-profit colleges and asked whether this signals a de-investment in education in general?

Mr. Blanc explained that in order to understand what is happening in the accreditation crisis, it is important to understand that the accreditation threats are part of a push to privatize schools. He explained that students from large community colleges are being into online schools, private schools, and that some will be pushed into prisons when educational opportunities fade or become more expensive. He explained that ACCJC and its parent organization, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, both received large grants from a foundation that receives money from major student loan companies. This money was meant to help the commissions redesign their accreditation processes, and it was after that, that we saw a ramp up of these sanctions. In the broader context, the people sanctioning colleges have an interest in students taking on more debt.

There being no further public comment, Commissioner Carrion motioned to suspend the bylaws to allow the resolution to be adopted at first reading, seconded by Commissioner Monge-Rodriguez. This motion was passed unanimously by the following roll call vote: (10 votes – Carrion, Chu, Covington, Guzman-Ramos, Huynh, Monge-Rodriguez, Tu Mutch, Persky, Shackelford, Yu).

Commissioner Tu Mutch moved to adopt the resolution, seconded by Commissioner Huynh. The resolution was adopted by the following roll call vote: Ayes (9) – Carrion, Covington, Guzman-Ramos, Huynh, Monge-Rodriguez, Tu Mutch, Persky, Shackelford, Yu. Nayes (1) – Chu.

E. Motion 1213--M--05—Motion to support and honor the Center for Young Women’s Development’s Women at the Forefront program participants. Sponsor and presenter: Commissioner Persky (Document I)

The chair called this item out of order and welcomed Robin Bonner from the Center for Young Women’s Development. Ms. Bonner explained that Women at the Forefront is a policy training program for young women. The goal is to take young women from ages 14-24 and train them to better understand the government they work and live in so that they can participate in civic engagement efforts. She explained this program would keep running new cycles and that she would like to build a long term relationship with the commissioner by bringing program participants to speak at meetings and understand city government. She explained she was asking for a certificate of honor for program participants to show that other young people care about civic engagement.

Commissioner Carrion congratulated Ms. Bonner on the success of the recent Know Justice conference. Commissioner Monge-Rodriguez affirmed his support and asked if the certificate could also be awarded with an application for the Youth Commission.

Commissioner Persky read the motion into the public record. There being no further public comment, Commissioner Persky, seconded by Commissioner Carrion, moved to approve the motion. This motion was approved by acclamation.

D. Motion 1213-M--04- Motion to support the Improve SF initiative’s Celebrate Bayview project launch event; and to honor youth members of the Bayview YMCA involved in the project. Sponsor and presenters: Commissioner Shackelford (Document H)

Chairwoman Shackelford then called item 9D out of order.

Chairwoman Shackelford welcomed Alex Gudich and Krista Canallakis from the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation. Mr. Gudich explained that this new office has begun in order to focus on government transparency and efficiency. One of their projects is to run Improve SF, and online platform to get citizens involved in particular challenges. Recently, they have been working with a group of youth to launch a challenge on the platform. The youth developed a need to change perceptions about the Bayview/Hunter’s Point neighborhoods among the rest of the city. The challenge has been to use the platform to collect positive stories about the neighborhood, order to produce a collection of stories and work with digital partners to tell and distribute the stories. Mr. Gudich explained that youth commissioners can identify their own issues to run through the Improve SF platform. He also explained that they want to honor youth group they are working with locally, and that the office was asking the Youth Commission to produce certificates of honor for the youth participants in the challenge.

Commissioner Tu Mutch asked about an example of a success story using the Improve SF platform. The presenters explained that the platform had been used by the Public library to solicit designs from local students to use for their new library cards. It is currently being used by MTA to poll the public on how to improve access to pedestrian and bicycle routes. There was also a challenge related to fresh food access in the Tenderloin won by a neighborhood resident.

Chairwoman Shackelford suggested committee chairs brainstorm ideas in their meetings about how to use the platform, and set up meetings with Improve SF. She then read the motion into the public record.

There being no further public comment, Commissioner Shackelford, seconded by Commissioner Chu, moved to approve the motion. The motion was approved by acclamation.

5. Staff Report (Discussion Only)

Chairwoman Shackelford went back to item 5 at this time. The Youth Commission Director, Phimy Truong, gave the staff report. She invited commissioners to the launch events for 2013 Summer Learning day on June 17, 2013 and June 21, 2013. Commissioners Covington, Monge-Rodriguez, Huynh, and Yu expressed interest in helping and/or emceeing at the events.

Director Truong read a letter from the Art of Living Foundation, regarding the Foundation’s interest in working with Youth Commissioners and gave an update about Youth Advocacy Day on the upcoming Wednesday.

Coordinator of Youth Development and Administration, Adele Carpenter, explained to commissioners that the Youth Justice committee had the opportunity to host a full commission meeting at the Bayview Opera House in mid-April, but that the committee needed to know whether a Tuesday or Wednesday evening was the better time for a non-regularly scheduled commission meeting for the majority of the commissioners present.
Youth Advocacy Day on Wednesday

Allen Lu, Coordinator of Community Outreach and Civic Engagement introduced himself and affirmed his excitement about working at the commission. He gave a review of his background in youth-involved city planning efforts.

6. Legislative Affairs Officers Report (Discussion Only)

Commissioner Monge-Rodriguez gave a report on the ongoing work of the Free MUNI for Youth coalition. The coalition has been focusing on evaluation and outreach. More than 25,000 youth have signed up for the program, and the coalition is working to reach the rest of the 40,000 eligible youth. The coalition is trying to monitor applications to find out which schools are responding, in order to target outreach to schools where students may not be aware of the opportunity. They are also reaching out to Dept. of Children, Youth and their Families grantees.

Commissioner Monge-Rodriguez explained that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals platform was up on the SFUSD website. Partners working on this issue are looking at hosting “DACA Day” in the early 2013/14 school year to build more enthusiasm and awareness about the opportunity to apply.

Commissioner Tu Mutch expressed interest in upcoming Free MUNI coalition meetings and asked staff to include invitations in weekly internal updates.

7. Legislation Referred from the Board of Supervisors (All Items to Follow Discussion and Possible Action)

There was none.

CONTINUED 9. Youth Commission Business (All Items to Follow Discussion and Possible Action)
B. [First Reading] Resolution 1213--15--Resolution Recommending the Inclusion of California’s History of Eugenics into the California High School Curriculum.
Sponsor and presenter: Commissioner Brodwin
(Document F)

Commissioner Carrion, seconded by Commissioner Chu, moved to table this item until the next commission meeting, on account of Commissioner Brodwin not being present. This motion was approved by acclamation.

C. [First Reading] Resolution 1213—13--Resolution Celebrating the City of Baltimore’s Youth Commission, and Commending the 2013 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens
Sponsors and presenters: Commissioners Persky, Shackelford, Brodwin, Huynh, Monge-Rodriguez
(Document G)

The chair indicated that this resolution may appear familiar to the commission, because it had been read once before at a previous meeting. She urged commissioners to reconsider their stance on this resolution, including the language of the resolution which commends Baltimore’s youth services, and to consider the fact that this was a wager willingly entered into.

Commissioner Tu Mutch asked who made the wager and why. Chairwoman Shackelford explained that the Executive Committee had made the wager, because they believe at the time that the Forty Niners would win the superbowl. It was a calculated risk, as a result, the executive committee learned more about Baltimore’s youth services. Commissioner Monge-Rodriguez offered his comments, stressing that we are no less of a city or youth commission by showing good sportsmanship. Commissioner Carrion indicated the importance of being a good loser, but stressed he hoped the executive committee would include other commissioners in the decision to enter into such a wager in the future. The chair expressed the executive committee’s commitment to doing so.

There being no further public comment, Commissioner Huynh made a motion to suspend the bylaws and allow the resolution to be voted on again. This was seconded by Commissioner Chu. The motion was approved by acclamation. Commissioner Huynh moved to adopt the resolution, seconded by Commissioner Monge-Rodriguez. The resolution was passed unanimously by the roll call vote: (10 votes - Carrion, Chu, Covington, Guzman-Ramos, Huynh, Monge-Rodriguez, Tu Mutch, Persky, Shackelford, Yu).

F. Motion 1213—M--06-- Motion to certify the resignation of Vanessa Warri
Presenter: Executive Committee

Chairwoman Shackelford explained that youth commissioners all come to the commission from different positions, with different time capacities to offer. She affirmed that certifying the resignation of Commissioner Warri was no meant to condemn anyone, but simply to follow the commission’s bylaws regarding attendance.

Commissioner Persky read the bylaws regarding attendance.

Staff member, Adele Carpenter, explained that upon speaking with Commissioner Warri, she had sent her well wishes to the entire commission, and that Commissioner Warri’s work obligations had simply grown too large to accommodate her commitments to the Youth Commission. Ms. Carpenter also indicated that Commissioner Warri was aware that her resignation was being certified, and that she approved.

There being no further public comment, Commissioner Carrion moved to certify the resignation, seconded by Commissioner Tu Mutch. This was unanimously passed by the following roll call vote: (10 votes - Carrion, Chu, Covington, Guzman-Ramos, Huynh, Monge-Rodriguez, Tu Mutch, Persky, Shackelford, Yu).

Director Truong indicated she would provide a memo to Mayor’s office and Clerk of Board, in order that the position be filled.

G. Youth Commission Application for 2013-2014 Term
Presenter: Staff
(Document J)

Director Truong explained the application had been shared with the executive committee. The proposed deadline is April 19th, but it has been extended in past years. She then asked for feedback on the application.

Commissioner Carrion expressed that the questions could be reworded in order to highlight the active capacities of youth commissioners.

Public Comment:

Michelle Kong asked if the number of question could be decreased in order to make the application easier.

Chairwoman Shackelford explained this might not be appropriate because being on the commission requires so much writing, but explained that application essays need not be lengthy.

There being no further public comment, Commissioner Persky moved to approve the application, as amended, seconded by Commissioner Huynh. This motion was approved by acclamation.

9. Committee Reports (Discussion Only)

A. Executive Committee

Commissioner Persky reported that the Bay area wide YC summit has been postponed for the time being.

B. Youth Justice Committee

Commissioner Carrion explained the committee had recently had a presentation visit from BART independent police auditor. The committee is working with Supervisors Yee and Chiu on finding support to open the recreation yard at juvenile hall. They are also working with Supervisor Avalos on the Juvenile Probation Dept’s safety plan, and hope there will be a hearing with the Neighborhood Services committee soon, though none is scheduled yet. The committee is working with Supervisor Campos on the police training recommendations and is watching the taser issue to hear upcoming proposals from the police department. He explained the committee plans to attend an upcoming community forum on tasers and outreach at the upcoming Bayview convener meeting.

C. Youth Employment Committee

Commissioner Huynh explained that the committee is awaiting the full report from Summer Jobs Plus, and is focusing on researching local hire and first source. The committee would like to understand how local hire efforts can extend to forms of employment that would be accessible to young people. As well, the committee is looking at how current First Source hiring requirements, which require that companies report entry-level jobs to OEWD, but not hire through the city, could be strengthened. The committee is also researching youth working conditions and would like to hold an off-site event focused on this. The committee is outreaching at a Balboa convener meeting this week.

D. Education Committee

Commissioner Yu gave the committee report, explaining the committee had recently had a presentation from the SFUSD Special Ed. Dept. The committee is discussing possible off site meetings regarding credit recovery. Commissioner Brodwin is researching access to defibrillators at schools.

E. Housing, LGBTQ, and TAY Issues Committee

Commissioner Tu Mutch explained the committee’s last official meeting was cancelled, but they are working on 12N implementation by researching and meeting with city depts. She encouraged commisioners to submit photos to the 12N Tumblr: queeryouthmatter.tumblr.com The committee’s outreach efforts are focused on outreach for 12N, and they will be doing another photo shoot in April.

F. Youth Advisory Council

Commissioner Yu explained the council is trying to improve outreach about their mini-grants, available to youth in 6 underserved neighborhoods.

10. Attendance Review (Action Item)

A. Tuesday, February 19, 2013
i. Commissioner Armstrong

Chair Shackelford explained Commissioner Armstrong has been very busy and taking care of family. Commissioner Covington, seconded by Commissioner Huynh, moved to approve this absence. The motion was approved by acclamation.

ii. Commissioner Covington:

Commissioner Carrion, seconded by Guzman-Ramos, moved to approve this absence. The motion was approved by acclamation.

iii. Commissioner Guzman-Ramos:

Commissioner Guzman-Ramos explained they had recently started a new job and the job conflicted with this Tuesday meeting.

Commissioner Tu Mutch seconded by Commissioner Huynh, moved to approve this absence. The motion was approved by acclamation

iv. Commissioner Tu Mutch:

Commissioner Tu Mutch explained that she cannot come on Tuesdays. Commissioner Shackelford, seconded by Commissioner Carrion, moved to approve this absence. The motion was approved by acclamation

v. Commissioner Taumoepeau:

Commissioner Guzman-Ramos, seconded by Commissioner Covington, moved to approve this absence. The motion was approved by acclamation

B. Monday, February 4, 2013
i. Commissioner Guzman-Ramos:

Commissioner Guzman-Ramos explained they were sick on this day. Commissioner Yu, seconded by Commissioner Huynh, moved to approve this absence. The motion was approved by acclamation

C. Sunday, January 13, 2013
i. Commissioner Guzman-Ramos:

Commissioner Guzman-Ramos explained that childcare for their sister had fallen through at the last minute the day of the retreat. Commissioner Carrion, seconded by Commissioner Huynh, moved to approve this absence.

ii. Commissioner Taumoepeau:

The commissioner informed staff. Commissioner Tu Mutch, seconded by Commissioner Huynh, moved to approve this absence. The motion was approved by acclamation.

D. Saturday, January 12, 2013
i. Commissioner Tu Mutch:

Commissioner Tu Mutch explained she was sick the day of this meeting. Commissioner Huynh, seconded by Commissioner Guzman-Ramos, moved to approve this absence. The motion was approved by acclamation.

B. Monday, December 17, 2012
i. Commissioner Armstrong:

The Commissioner informed staff far ahead of time. Commissioner Carrion, seconded by Commissioner Yu, moved to approve this absence. The motion was approved by acclamation.

11. Announcements (This Includes Community Events)

Commissioner Carrion brought up the planning for an upcoming Youth Immigration Summit in District 10. No date has been set.

Commissioner Huynh reminded commissioner to make meetings with appointing officers. She encouraged commissioner to follow up about the TAY Re-engagement forum and volunteer at Frisco Day. She announced the upcoming Bayview Magic Convener meeting on Friday, and Youth Advocacy Day on Wednesday. She expressed interest in having commissioners support at the upcoming student advisory council summit on April 5th. Commissioner Huynh went on to explain that there would be upcoming visits to Ethnic Studies classrooms in SFUSD. Commissioner Covington expressed his interest in helping. Commissioner Huynh also explained that youth from the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center would be visiting City Hall April 12th, and that the outreach team would like support giving a tour and offering a presentation on the Youth Commission. Commissioners Persky and Monge-Rodriguez expressed interest. Finally, Commissioner Huynh explained that youth from Juma Ventures who are entering school at Mission High would be doing a workshop with the Youth Commission. Commissioners Shackelford, Monge-Rodriguez, Carrion, and Yu offered support.

Chair Shackelford confirmed the deadline for a paid internship at Contemporary Jewish Museum is this Friday.

12. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:09 p.m.

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Phone: (415) 554-6446, Fax: (415) 554-6140
Email: youthcom@sfgov.org

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