How to Engage with Youth
November 1st, 2011
Youth Commission Program Coordinator
Youth Development Initiative – a program of StarVista
The County’s Commitment to
Supervisor Carole Groom
What is the San Mateo County Youth Commission?
In 1993, the Board of Supervisors established Resolution
57588, which created the San Mateo County Youth
Role: Advise the Board of Supervisors on issues by including
youth on San Mateo County Boards and Commissions.
Mission Statement: The Youth Commission seeks to address
issues affecting youth in San Mateo County and close the gap
between adult and youth perspectives. The commission
increases awareness of and advocates for youth issues by
placing youth on boards and commissions, advising the Board
of Supervisors, presenting policy recommendations, and
creating projects that serve the community.
Youth Commission Tracks
composed of 13 youth who work to identify the most
serious problems in the adolescent community and raise
the public’s awareness of them
The 2011 Policy Track created an audio documentary, A
Temporary Happiness, examining teenage alcohol use in
San Mateo County
2011-2013 Policy Track will be working to do the Adolescent
Board and Commission Track
Seventeen Youth Commissioners placed on
board/commissions/initiatives throughout San Mateo County to
bring youth voice into the governing bodies. Each Commissioner is
assigned an Adult Ally
Placements for FY 2011-2012
Arts Commission Prevention Commission
Child Abuse Prevention Council Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Commission on Aging
Commission On Disabilities
Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council
Commission on the Status of Women
Pescadero Municipal Advisory Council
First 5 San Mateo County Commission
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
For all of these
Boards/Commissions we need
Youth Development to create
• Youth can design and lead a
• Youth can advocate for and endorse
• Youth can organize the community
around gang violence.
• Youth can hire and fire staff.
Let’s talk about Youth
What do adults say about youth?
What does the media show of youth?
What does the media say about youth?
What does “science” say about youth?
What do the laws say about youth?
Environment forms the actions!
BBC News – Alcohol Behaviors
The effects of alcohol on behavior are determined by cultural rules and norms,
not by the chemical actions of ethanol.
Our beliefs about the effects of alcohol act as self-fulfilling prophecies - if you
firmly believe and expect that booze will make you aggressive, then it will do
exactly that. In fact, you will be able to get roaring drunk on a non-alcoholic
What does this mean for youth?
Creating a Common Language:
The 41 Developmental Assets*
• The building blocks that youth need to become
“healthy caring adults.”
• The more assets youth have the more likely they
are to have positive outcomes (e.g. success in
school, valuing diversity self-efficacy, and goals
for the future)
• Focuses on the role entire communities can play
in the development of young people
*YDI has adopted the Developmental Assets as its guiding theory in
advancing the Youth Development Movement
What is Youth Development?
Youth Development is the acquisition of
attitudes, competencies and social skills that
will carry youth forward into successful
–The National Research Council
Long Term Outcomes to
Youth Development Success
The healthy transition from youth to adulthood
• Skills and knowledge
• Higher education
• Healthy relationships
• Civic engagement (voting is the least one
• Ability to advocate for themselves and
• Build community change efforts where
ever they go
Youth Engagement: What does it
• Shift in perception of who youth are and
what they are capable of
• Unique needs of youth needs must be
• Organizational commitment and
• Opportunities for youth to participate
and take risks
• Sustained involvement
Creating a Common Language:
The 41 Developmental Assets
Assets targeted in YDI programs
Community Values Youth
Youth as Resources
Positive View of Personal Future
Other adult relationships
Role of a Board/Commission
with a Youth
Resolution 069276 – Resolution Specifying
Standing Rules for County Board, Commissions,
and Advisory Committees…..
14. Since 1999, youth members have been
appointed to serve on various county boards,
commissions, and advisory committees. It is the
intention of this board that the youth members
have a voting roles on those boards,
commissions and advisory committees unless
otherwise specified by resolution of this board
or otherwise required by law.
Provide opportunities to speak
Check in Question
1 min for Youth Commission updates
1 min for project updates
MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE RECOVERY COMMISSION AGENDA
1. Call to Order
3. Acceptance of agenda
4. Approval of Minutes:
5. Program Presentation
6. Standing Committee:
· Committee for Older Adults Services
· Committee for Adult Services
· Committee for Children & Youth Services
7. Youth Commissioner’s Report
8. Director’s Report
9. Old Business
Having a Youth Commissioner represent all youth
Asking a Youth Commissioner to volunteer the
entire Youth Commission
Inviting Youth to be or speak at events
Our Request of You
When providing recommendations, Resolutions, or other
legislative items, to contact the Youth Commission if it
contains matters affecting Youth in the county.
If you would like to present to the Youth Commission,
fill out the presentation form and it will be reviewed by
the Executive Board.
As an Adult Ally....
Check in before and after meetings
Ask specifics regarding action items
Prepare a report out for Youth Commission Agenda
Liaison to Boards, Commission, and Community Initiative
Reports 12 min
Arts Commission – Chee
CCAT/Child Abuse Prevention Council - Sukkestad
Commission on Aging - Lam
Commission on Disability – Tsiplakos
Commission on the Status of Women – Anvar/Erskine
First 5 – Cortez/Chen
HIV Board – Amistad/Chien/Yen
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission –
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission –
Parks Commission – Sukhovitsky
Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council – Amerian/Yen
Pescadero Municipal Advisory Council - Murphy
Pride Initiative – Amistad/Chien
Report Out Form
As a teenager, who was your
What role did they play?
What was it that they said
How did they treat you and
interact with you?
Break Out Scenarios - Troubleshooting
My youth doesn’t speak at meetings
I can never get a hold of my youth
My youth is always late to meetings
My youth is taking too much initiative
Dates of note
Rough Draft: November 18th, 2011
Formal Draft: December 18th, 2011
Full project due: April 20th, 2011
The point of the project is to engage the youth in the
issues of the Board/Commission
The project is something that they choose!
Ways to help with the project
Provide a list of the Board/Commissions area of interest
But...remember they choose!
Remember Hart’s Ladder
Go through and help them to set a timeline
Meet them where they’re at
Treating the Youth like a child
Dictating to the youth what they’ll do
One way relationship
As an Adult Ally, it is your job to speak up when youth
development is not being practiced on your
How to get a “thumbs up”
It takes time, they don’t know how to think for
themselves at the beginning
Do not say you’ll do something unless you do!
Stay up to date, but be real
Share about yourself
Meet them where they’re at
Comments from a Successful
Emily Roberts – Adult Ally First 5
Jacqueline Cortez – Youth Commissioner
Sylvia Chen – Youth Commissioner
Incentives and Awards!
Nominated by the Youth Commissioners and awarded at
the end of the year Showcase
Board/Commission best exemplifying youth
For more information about the San Mateo County Youth Commission please contact:
Seren Pendleton-Knoll (Youth Commission Program Coordinator)
(650) 401-8617 ext. 20
The San Mateo County Youth Commission was established in 1993 by the San Mateo County Board of
Supervisors. The YC is coordinated through Youth Development Initiative a Program of Youth and Family
Enrichment Services. The YC is supported by the SMC Health Department, Health Policy & Planning Unit.
• Youth Commission Public Meetings
– Every 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month in Redwood City
• San Mateo County Youth Conference
– March 17th
Head, Heart, Feet
What did you learn?
What did you feel?
What will you do?