2022 -2023 Youth Commissioners at their Swearing-In Ceremony with Mayor London Breed, President Shamann Walton, Supervisor Myrna Melgar, and Supervisor Ahsha Safai.
Keeping in Touch
In 1995, community members lobbied City Hall to develop a resolution that would create a Youth Commission. Then-Supervisor Angela Alioto sponsored a Charter Amendment that put the question of whether or not to create the Youth Commission to the voters of San Francisco. In turn, Proposition F won 60% vote on the November 1995 ballot, and the Youth Commission was created! The first class of Youth Commissioners was sworn into office in April of 1996.
The City Charter dictates that there be 17 Youth Commissioners, each of whom serve a 1-year term (historically, this term begins in August of each year). Each member of the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor appoint one Youth Commissioner; the Mayor is also charged with appointing 5 "members from underrepresented communities to ensure that the Commission represents the diversity of the City." Commissioners must be between the ages of 12 and 23 and reside in the City & County of San Francisco.
Each year, the Youth Commission staff produces an application and conducts an interview process for people interested in joining the Youth Commission. Ultimately, each Supervisor and the Mayor have the final say on whom they appoint to the Commission.
If you are interested in serving on the Youth Commission, please contact your district Supervisor, the Mayor, or the Youth Commission staff (firstname.lastname@example.org). More information can also be found here.