Immigration and Employment - July 10, 2014 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
July 10, 2014 (All day)

San Francisco Youth Commission
Youth Employment & Immigration Committee
Minutes - Draft
Thursday, July 10th, 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

Commissioner Li called the meeting to order at 5:10 p.m. Commissioners present: Li, Kong. Commissioners absent: Persky, Bae. There was no quorum. Staff present: Allen Lu, Phimy Truong.

2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)

There was no action taken.

3. Approval of Minutes (Action Item)

A. June 19, 2014
(Document A)

There was no action taken.

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

There were two students from Foothill College attending the meeting for a Political Science class assignment.

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

A. Overview on the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs’ DreamSF fellowship
Presenter: Kraig Cook, Civic Engagement Coordinator/DreamSF Project Manager, Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs

Mr. Cook provided an overview of the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs’ Dream SF Fellowship program. The fellowship is an opportunity for youth approved for deferred action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to serve SF’s immigrant communities while gaining professional experience and training. Fellows receive weekly leadership training and are matched with a mentor. Each fellow will receive a $7500 stipend for the 30 week fellowship. The stipends are paid for by OCEIA.

Commissioners Li and Kong asked several questions related to the fellowship program and financial barriers for undocumented youth and DACA. Mr. Cook explained that OCEIA is one of the only city departments with a fellowship program specifically for DACA approved youth in San Francisco. Mr. Cook expressed interest in having Dream SF fellows present to the full commission.

B. Update on committee priorities

Commissioners Li and Kong spent some time debriefing the recent minimum wage legislation referred to the full commission. They felt the meeting went smoothly and would have liked more concrete presentations from organizations. It was difficult to support a youth training wage for youth employment programs, but both felt that it was extremely important to retain the number of slots available for youth to participate in an employment program. Commissioner Li will be following up with Commissioner VanStark. Commissioner Kong will be following up with Commissioner Flores. Both shared different views on the youth training wage during the presentation.

Public Comment
Foothill College students asked Commissioners about DACA, and their views on supporting undocumented youth and employment.

C. Continue working on issue briefing document

Commissioners then spent the rest of committee time to work on an issue(s) briefing document for future committee members.

6. Staff Report

Ms. Truong shared some updates regarding personnel changes in the YC office. Ms. Truong’s last day in the YC office will be July 25th, 2014.

7. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.