Immigration and Employment - March 20, 2014 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
March 20, 2014 (All day)

San Francisco Youth Commission
Youth Employment & Immigration Committee
Thursday, March 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 5:10 p.m. Commissioners present: Li, Persky, Bae, and Kong. There was quorum. Staff present: Truong.

2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)

Commissioner Kong, seconded by Commissioner Bae made a motion to approve the agenda. This motion was approved by acclamation.

3. Approval of Minutes (Action Item)

A. Thursday, March 6, 2014
(Document A)

Commissioner Bae, seconded by Commissioner Persky made a motion to approve the minutes to the March 6th meeting. This motion was approved by acclamation.

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

There were none.

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

A. Prepare for meeting with API Legal Outreach

Commissioners Persky, Bae, and Kong will be available to meet with API Legal Outreach on either April 4th or April 11th. Depending on the meeting date confirmed, two committee members will attend this meeting with staff. Commissioners then prepared an agenda and the following questions for the meeting: What are the most common problems undocumented immigrants have? How many clients do you serve? How many of them are undocumented and how many are youth? What other services do you provide? How many people signed up for DACA through your agency? Are there any other barriers besides the expiration date? Are you aware of any other cities that have employed undocumented youth? Was their methodology and could it happen in San Francisco? Do you know what will happen after deferred action? Will it be renewed? What will happen when there is a new president elected? Is there anything else that the school district could do to help undocumented youth? Do you have data on how many students coming out of newcomer pathway programs go to 2/4 year colleges? Is there any programs that links ELL/ESL and undocumented students to API Legal Outreach services?How far can the city go legally to take a stance on employing undocumented youth? What are the le-galities of employing undocumented youth through multiple stipends? Gifts cards? The like?

There was no public comment.

B. Prepare for meeting with SFUSD regarding Newcomer Pathways

Commissioners then developed an agenda and the following questions about the New-comer Pathways: BCC (Bilingual Community Council), overview of Newcomer pathway programs? Overview of the former Newcomer High School and its closing. Evalua-tion/follow up of current pathway programs at high schools? Do you have data on how many students coming out of newcomer pathway programs go to 2/4 year colleges? Da-ta on ELL/ESL students in general (i.e. drop outs….etc)? What type of support do SFUSD newcomer pathway programs provide to ELL/ESL students? (Provide overview of NSS [Newcomer Student Surveys]) Can we distribute surveys? What are the meth-ods? How many students used DACA link? How are we supporting these students? How are we promoting the DACA link at schools? Counselors provide resources to immigrant students.

There was no public comment.

C. Continue working on youth surveys for English Language Learners and English as Second Language students

Commissioners Bae and Kong presented their survey to the rest of the committee. They agreed to share the survey out and work on an informal survey intake process before fi-nalizing their proposal to officially survey youth.

6. Staff Report

Ms. Truong provided updates related to committee work. Mr. Eagleson from DCYF asked for a committee member to join a committee to review proposals coming in for SFSJ+ doorway organizations. The review process will be taking place the week of April 14th. Commissioners Li and Kong will be representing the YC on this committee. Ms. Truong also shared that the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs will be starting a DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals) Youth Fellows program. This program will start in the summer and will be paying DACA youth to be interns at the City. Youth Commissioners were interested in learning more and providing outreach help. Commissioner Bae asked her colleagues to join her in a District 5 project with Mo’Magic staff. She will be shadowing staff as they survey small businesses about youth employment.

7. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.