San Mateo County Youth Commission
San Mateo County Board Chambers
455 County Center, Redwood City
April 19th, 2012
1. Call to Order
Chair Semelman called the meeting to order at 8:17PM.
b. Check In/Icebreaker - If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where
would it be and why?
c. Introduction of guests
Present: Amistad, Anvar, Chee, Collart-Musselman, Cruz, Lau, Livingston, Murphy,
Quintanilla, Semelman, Sukhovitsky
Late: Cortez, Jack, Lam, Sukkestad, Yen
Absent: Amerian, Avila, Chen, Chien, Erskine, Han, Ngai, Tsiplakos
2. Approval and Adoption of Agenda
Unable to approve due to lack of quoram.
3. Approval of Minutes
a. February 16, 2012
b. March 15, 2012
Unable to approve due to lack of quoram.
4. Public Comment
There was no public comment.
a. “Mental Health First Aid” Donald Livingston, Youth Commissioner
Use AGLEE for any Mental Health Emergency: Assess for risk, listen
supportively, give reassurance, encourage professional help, encourage self help.
Remember not to diagnose the problem (leave that to the professionals!), call 911
immediately, don’t give help if the person doesn’t want it, and don’t touch them (it could
be considered as assault). Commissioner Livingston’s suggestion is to change the
course material and make it better for youth to learn from the course. He wants there to
be more audience interaction, instead of a long lecture, and use attention grabbing
devices to make it more interesting.
b. “Suicide Prevention” Tatiana Quintanilla, Youth Commissioner
Mental Health is defined as the behavior and emotional health of a person. There
are three areas of causes and preventions - Social causes include bullying, rumors,
clothing // preventions include hotlines, rules, guidelines; Family causes include parents’
divorce, lost family members, careless parents // preventions include family counseling,
support groups; Mental Health causes include depression, eating disorder, bipolar,
panic disorder // preventions include hotlines, counseling, medication.
This is very important because suicide is a lot more common than expected, and
it is possible for everyone and anyone to save a life.
Commissioner Quintanilla’s main goals are: start a peer counseling club at
school and make people aware there are people who can help. Other ideas include
encouraging people it’s okay to seek help and creating community events.
Commissioner Quintanilla also shared a video of interviews from girls at her
6. Discussion Items
a. Format for next year updates and Committee Discussion
Our proposal passed, and we need to make finer changes now, like what the four
main committees are going to be. Commissioner Lau proposed a fifth committee
focusing on the environment, and the people present supported this--this would allow
for five commissioners to sit on each main committee. Sitting on a Board or Commission
is still a viable option for any commissioner who would like to do so (we hope there will
be around seven people still on Boards or Commissions). 10 government
interactions/connections are necessary, which can include our Legislative Committee
and other YC’s on boards and commissions, so we can have a voice in the otherwise
b. Policy Track Requests -
All YCs are required to help spread the word of the Adolescent Needs Survey!
This will be done by: passing out the slips, share the Facebook event, invite your
friends, and spread the news! The survey is approximately only 15 minutes and the
questions are very simple and straightforward. Remind people the three incentives are
getting Community Service, enter a raffle for $50, and the school with the most people
participating will be awarded. Give the packet you received to your counselor, the seven
letters to seven teachers, and the slips of colored paper to students you see on the
c. Staff Reminders
Read the bills from the legislative committee. They will be attached to the
newsletter. We will discuss them at our next meeting.
Please arrive early to the May Public meeting, at 5:30, for our showcase. We’ll be
voting for Co-Chairs via nominations and verbal votes, and also for the chairs of the
four/five main committees. Secretaries will no longer be part of the Executive Board, but
the four chairs and co-chairs (some of whom may be the same people) will be. There
are lots of leadership roles available. It looks to be a very tough race and everyone
running would be great.
d. Track Break Outs
Commissioner Cortez met with the Policy Track to obtain the names of
businesses they are going to to advertize for the Adolescent Needs Survey.
Staff met with the BCT to go over the final format of their projects.
a. Teens in Action Showcase is going to be next Friday, April 27, from 4-6PM, at
the Redwood City Downtown (Courthouse Square). There will be booths with
youth groups, activities, DJ’s, and dancing! Commissioner Jack, Sukhovitsky,
and Semelman volunteered to help staff the table that the SMCYC will have.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:10PM