San Mateo County Youth Commission San Mateo County Board Chambers 455 County Center, Redwood City September 15th, 2011 6:15pm – 8:15pm Group Agreements 1. Treat others the way you want to 4. No cell phones except during an be treated. emergency or break. 2. Always listen to what others 5. Check and respond to emails. have to say. 6. Step up, step back. 3. Be positive. 7. Work hard, play hard. 8. Keep commitments. AGENDA 1. Call to Order- Han/Semelman 5 min a. Welcome i. Reminder to complete ethics training b. Roll Call i. Present: Amistad, Anvar, Chee, Chen, Chien, Collart-Musselman, Cortez, Han, Jack, Lam, Landeros-Gomez, Lau, Livingston, Ngai, Semelman, Sukhovitsky, Sukkestad, Yen ii. Absent: Avila, Cruz, Erskine, Quintanilla, Tsiplakos iii. Late: Amerian, Murphy 2. Approval and Adoption of Agenda- Han/Semelman 1 min a. Unanimously approved 3. Public Comment - none 6 min 4. Presentation/Training – “Adolescent Report” Dr. Scott Morrow, Public Health 40 min Officer, San Mateo County Health Department a. What is the Adolescent Report? A combination of data and policy b. Meaning of success i. Leaving something better than one found it ii. How do you get success? What do you do? iii. Three Secrets: 1. Focus on Policy 2. Why things are the way they are 3. data (it drives policy) c. 2001 Report i. BoS came to Dr. Morrow regarding youth in SMC ii. Dr. Morrow took from the Search Institute the 40 Developmental Assets iii. The report became the California Healthy Kids Survey plus the Asset Based Model 1. Found that when the assets were increased, the risky behavior was decreased. 2. Therefore, SMC should focus on asset development and not risk reduction iv. Came up with three main objectives 1. Increase positive adult and youth interactions (having at least 2- 3) 2. Youth treated as equals, joint decision making 3. Create a structure which works on the above two 4. Therefore created the Youth Commission!! And became a policy document d. 2003-2004 i. YC wanted to do the next report and policy recommendations ii. Took then 4 years, but they made the…… e. 2007 Adolescent Report i. Developed 55 Policy Recommendations! 1. eg. Sex Education in the 5th grad 2. Adult Ally Trainings 3. Physical Ed. In schools ii. Five priority recommendations 1. Police and youth relations 2. Gang prevention 3. Sexual Education 4. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs starting in the 4th grade education 5. Suicide and self harm prevention iii. To create the Report the steps are: 1. Develop the Hypotheses (35) 2. Create the Survey (114 questions) 3. Data Collection 4. Data Analysis (with the health department) 5. Graphs and Tables 6. Policy Recommendations f. Things that might have changed since 2007 i. Data Collection Methods 1. Look at electronic vs. paper based models ii. Survey instrument 1. Is 114 questions too many? g. Questions i. Are there questions re. family? 1. Some, but not many. 2. The health department can help in redeveloping the survey ii. Were youth truthful in answering? How did you address that? 1. The bigger issue was motivation, as the survey was so large 2. Perhaps hand out a facts sheet with the survey a. Though then that is even more reading for the youth 3. Could put in on a website iii. Why is it convenience sampling? Why not stratified or random? 1. it becomes difficult to do with youth (can’t just call homes) 2. it would require a list of all the students in SMC 3. Could we do cluster or snowball? a. Does it really matter? i. Big numbers are still big ii. It doesn’t affect the ultimate policy recommendations iv. What about posting it on school loop? 1. also tv. Paper, etc. 2. It legitimizing the survey, not necessarily motivates individuals to take it. a. Perhaps incentivize it by allowing students to miss class to take it 3. make sure to not exclude students, eg. Those not in school, etc. v. What was the age range? 1. 2007- 14-18 years old 2. Would like to bring it down to 4th or 5th graders BREAK 5 min 5. Energizer - Han/Semelman 5 min a. What is your favorite food and why? 6. Task Items 40 min a. Mission Statement Creation i. The purpose of the Youth Commission is to provide a youth voice in government and advise the Board of Supervisors on policies affecting youth. The Youth Commission represents youth ages 14-21 in San Mateo County, both geographically and ethnically. They come together to discuss youth issues in the county and create projects to combat those issues affecting youth in the community. 1. Promote Youth Leadership 2. Improve awareness of issues concerning youth 3. representing youth of San Mateo County 4. Advocating youth in government ii. The San Mateo County Youth Commission is a group of youth ages 14- 21 who reside or attend school in San Mateo County. The San Mateo County Youth Commission advises the Board of Supervisors and county officials on the youth perspectives and on policies that benefit youth. The Youth Commission members exchange ideas, work on projects, research, and advocate youth issues. The Youth Commission strives to reflect youth from all over the county, both geographically as well as the varied interests and needs that San Mateo youth have. 1. Improve all aspects of youth health (mental, physical, emotional) 2. Integrate youth ideas into local government 3. Create opportunities for youth to participate in local government iii. As members of San Mateo County Youth Commission strives to make a difference. We represent the youth through involvement in various boards and commissions in order to advocate more issues. We advise county officials on important matters regarding youth by voicing the adolescent perspective. The Youth Commission presents concerns, exchanges ideas, and creates projects to improve our society. 1. Our goals are to increase awareness and support for youth while improving the way of life for adolescence. iv. We, the people of the San Mateo County Youth Commission, in order to create a more progressive youth community, promote a healthy and happy community, provide for the needs of the youth, represent all sections of youth, advocate for greater youth involvement, advise the Board of Supervisors, do ordain and establish this missions statement for the San Mateo County Youth Commission of California, the thirty-first state of the great Union. 1. Represent youth on Boards and Commissions 2. Promote the well being of youth 3. understanding and addressing needs of youth in San Mateo County v. The San Mateo County Youth Commission is comprised of high school and college students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. The purpose of this commission is to involve the youth voice in governmental policies by providing recommendations regarding the needs of youth and by increasing awareness about topics that concern youth. Through youth contributions to various San Mateo County boards and commissions – the youth are able to contribute their insights and further close the gab between adults and youth perspectives. 1. Promote positive youth and adult interactions 2. Broadcasting significant youth voice 3. Representing all youth in San Mateo County regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexual orientation, etc. b. Work Plan Creation i. YC Staff will combine all mission statements and priorities into one to vote on at the public meeting 7. Announcements 2 min a. Upcoming Internal Dates i. Swearing in moved to Jan. ii. Oct meeting will be at 400 Harbor Boulevard in Belmont b. Youth Commissioner i. Nov 18-19th Semelman in Scapino ii. Nov. 2nd -5th Amistad in Little Shop of Horrors 8. Adjournment 1 min Next Public Meeting: September 22nd, 2011 Next Executive Board Meeting: October 6th, 2011 Next Policy Track Meeting: October 13th, 2011 Next Workgroup Meeting October 20th, 2011 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 StarVista. The YC is supported by the SMC Health Department, Health Policy & Planning Unit.
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