Immigration and Employment - February 20, 2014 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
February 20, 2014 (All day)

San Francisco Youth Commission
Youth Employment & Immigration Committee
Thursday, February 20, 2014
5:00-7:00 PM
City Hall, Room 345
1. Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
San Francisco, CA 94102

There will be public comment on each item.

Members: Michel Li - Chair, Nicholas Persky, Jina Bae, and Michelle Kong

1. Call to Order and Roll Call

The meeting was called to order at 5:13 p.m. Commissioners present: Michel Li, Nicholas Persky, Jina Bae, and Michelle Kong. There was quorum.

2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)

Commissioner Persky, seconded by Commissioner Bae moved to approve the agenda. There was no public comment. The motion was approved by acclamation.

3. Approval of Minutes (Action Item)

A. Thursday, January 23, 2014
(Document A)

Commissioner Bae, seconded by Commissioner Persky moved to approve the minutes of January 23, 2014. There was no public comment. The motion was approved by acclamation.

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

An San Francisco State University student introduced himself and inquired about the Youth Commission’s issue based committees.

5. Business (All Items to Follow Discussion and Possible Action)

A. Debrief February 6th meeting with youth employment advocates

Commissioners Persky and Li provided updates related to a meeting with representatives from Transitional Age Youth SF, CHALK, Lyric, Coleman, and United Way of the Bay Area. During SF Summer Jobs+ 2013, United Way was able to fund a pilot program employing undocumented youth within CHALK and Lyric’s organizations. Youth were provided payment via stipends and gift cards, and were able to move between multiple work sites to obtain different work experiences. Advocates convened to discuss their experiences coordinating the pilot program, and discussed the possibilities of continuing the pilot program in summer 2014. Commissioners Persky and Li shared that the group wanted more time to explore other options, and funding. Commissioner Persky did not feel that there were clear next steps.

There was no public comment.

B. Prepare for SF Summer Jobs+ update

Commissioner Li shared that she was able to confirm a SFSJ+ presentation at the next full Youth Commission meeting. She asked her peers to be prepared and review questions in advance. Commissioners Li and Bae then shared input from their respective Supervisors’ offices on SFSJ+.

There was no public comment.

C. Continue working on committee priorities

Commissioner Li then asked her peers to provide an update on their research on their respective issues. Commissioners Kong and Bae shared the survey questions they developed for SFUSD English Language Learner (ELL) and English Second Language (ESL) students. They plan on attending the next Student Advisory Council meeting to seek support from SACers interested in supporting ELL and ESL students with additional counseling services. They are planning on mapping out the Newcomer pathway programs within SFUSD and meeting with Newcomer lead. Commissioner Kong shared that she would be in touch with Christina Wong, SFUSD staff lead on bilingual programs and Newcomer services. Commissioner Li suggested that they write a resolution urging for a pilot program to offer more counseling services for undocumented and immigrant youth within SFUSD schools with Newcomer pathway programs.

Commissioners agreed to follow up with immigration law advocacy organizations and set up informational interviews to learn more about policy recommendations supporting undocumented youth and DACA youth.

Commissioners also agreed to follow up with the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs to see if there would be local advocacy for the continuation of the deferred action for childhood arrivals program. This federal program is set to expire August 2014.

There was no public comment.

6. Staff Report

There were none.

7. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 6:43 p.m.

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1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
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