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The Youth Commission is a body of 17 youth from San Francisco 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 the Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax Advisory Committee are open. Currently seeking to fill youth seat 6 - must be a person who is under 19 years old at the time of appointment and who may be a member of the Youth Commission, nominated by the Youth Commission and appointed by the Board of Supervisors, for a two-year term ending December 31, 2020. Application can be found here and is due Friday, October 19, 2018. 

  • Applications for the DCYF Oversight and Advisory Committee is accepting applications for Seat 1-which is open to youth under the age of 19.  The application can be found here and is due Friday, October 19, 2018.

  • The last full Youth Commission meeting was held on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 5pm in room 416. Minutes have been posted

  • The 2018 - 2019 Youth Commission held its first full commission meeting on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 6 pm in hearing room 416. The minutes are posted here

  • The Youth Commission has newly appointed Commissioners for 2018-2019 and the Swearing-In Ceremony was held on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 5 pm in room 416. Board of Supervisors President Malia Cohen was the officiant of the ceremony. You can view pictures of the event here

  • Youth Commissioners have approved their Budget & Policy Priorities for fiscal years 2018-19 and 2019-20.  They can be viewed here (PDF) and the footage of their presentation to the Board of Supervisors' Budget & Finance Committee here at the 3:31 mark.  Previous Budget & Policy Priorities for fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19 can be viewed here (PDF) and Budget & Policy Priorities for FY's 2016-17 & 2017-18 can be viewed here (PDF), and footage of their presentation to the Board of Supervisors' Budget & Finance Committee here

  • View recent business conducted by the full Youth Commission here.

  • Read the most recent update on the 2016 effort to lower the municipal voting age here.

  • On May 3, 2016 the Board of Supervisors held its first-ever joint meeting with the Youth Commission, in order to hear public testimony on the charter amendment which would extend voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds in municipal elections. To view the public comment and footage of the joint here, you can go here.

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 5:00 pm in room 416 of City Hall. Please, see our calendar of all regularly scheduled Youth Commission meetings for the 2018-19 term.

  • The following full Youth Commission meeting will be held on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 at 5 pm in room 416.  An agenda will be posted. 

Commission Committees -- The Youth Commission has standing issue-based committees that meet regularly in City Hall. The Youth Commission 2018-19 issue-based committees are as follows:

  • The Executive Committee for Wednesday, November 28th is cancelled.  

  • The Housing and Land Use Committee will meet on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 4:30 PM in room 270. An agenda has been posted

  • The Transformative Justice Committee will meet on Monday November 26th, 2018 in room 345. An agenda will be posted. 

  • A special Civic Engagement Committee will meet on Monday, November 26th, 2018 at 4:30 PM in room 270. An agenda has been posted.


Last Meetings

The Executive Committee met on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 4:30 pm in room 345. Minutes have been posted.

The minutes from the Transformative Justice Committee meeting on Thursday November 15th, 2018. Minutes have been posted.

The minutes from the Full Youth Commission meeting on Monday, November 19th, 2018, have been posted

The minutes from the Civic Engagement Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 have been posted.

The minutes from the Housing and Land Use Committee meeting on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 have been posted.




What Happened in the Recent Past?

To see what we were focused on the last term, check out the Youth Commission's Policy and Budget Priorities from 2015-16 (PDF) as well as the 2015 annual report (PDF). To see current business from the 2014-15 term, visit our tracking YC business page.


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