San Mateo County Youth Commission
San Mateo County Board Chambers
455 County Center, Redwood City
March 15th, 2012
1. Call to Order
Chair Han called the meeting to order at 6:18PM
b. Check-In/Icebreaker – “What is your favorite way to relieve stress?”
Present: Amerian, Amistad, Anvar, Avila, Chien, Collart-Musselman, Cortez, Cruz, Erskine,
Han, Jack, Lam, Livingston, Murphy, Ngai, Sukhovitsky, Sukkestad, Tsiplakos, Yen
Absent: Chee, Chen, Quintanilla, Semelman
2. Approval and Adoption of Agenda
3. Approval of Minutes
a. February 16 , 2012
4. Public Comment
There was no public comment.
a. “Stress Reduction” – Suzanne Cox, Art of Yoga/Yoga Giggles
Suzanne gave a workshop on using breath and yoga to relieve stress in everyday life.
6. Acknowledgements – YC Staff
i. March: Cortez, Lam, Chen, Chien
7. Discussion Items
a. Policy Track Video and updates
Adolescent Needs Survey is in motion! They need about 9000 surveys completed. When
the survey is taken, the person is entered in draw for a chance of $50. It is a 20 min
survey, and participants can also receive community service hours for completing. The
YouTube video advertising the survey will be shown at the SMC Youth Conference.
b. Youth Conference and Commission Updates
Make sure all who are attending the SMC Youth Conference this Saturday, March 17th at
the College of San Mateo are registered. All YCs attending are expected to waer their YC
sweatshirts and carry their business cards, as official YC ambassadors at the event. Each
YC needs to be prepared for four different pitches: that we are now accepting
applications for FY 2012-2013, that we’re redoing the Adolescent Needs Report and
needs youth to complete the Adolescent Needs Survey, that we’ve released nomination
forms for the “Passion, Dedication, and Determination: Immigrant Youth Award”, what
the SMC Youth Commission is.
Project Happiness needs a moderator to ask the YCs panelists questions. Commissioner
Sukkestad decides to take that position. Project Happiness is presenting at 3PM.
For the Jujitsu presentation, Commissioner Sukhovistky is leading that at 12:00pm. It was
recently featured in the newspaper! Another presentation is the Sequoia YAB, which
informs youth on drug information, which Commissioner Cruz is a part of. “Miss
Representation”, lead by Commissioner Anvar, will be shown at 3PM with panelists
Supervisor Carole Groom, Tisa Mendoza, and Anne Campbell. Commissioner Amistad
and Chien will be showing their films on HIV and AIDS, and Coming Out in the LGBT
population at 4:00pm.
For the Conference, Staff needs people to help stuff bags on Friday, March 16th at CSM.
Commissioner Jack, Sukkestad, Yen, Cruz, and Murphy volunteer.
For the Subcommittee Immigrant Youth, they introduced a new award/scholarship for
immigrant youth. These are the qualifications to be eligible for the award: They must be a
senior in high school or college freshman. They must be under 21. They must live in San
Mateo County. They also must be a first generation immigrant youth. If they win, they
would earn an award at the YC showcase with $500 scholarship.
Assemblymember Jerry Hill has given commendation to the Youth Commission for their
work on the SMC Youth Conference.
c. YLI Survey
Staff handed out the Youth Leadership Institute’s Youth Development surveys, along
with the SMCYC sweatshirts.
d. Track Breakout sessions
Policy Track met with Commission Cortez to discuss the outreach for Adolescent Needs
Survey. Staff met with each of the BCT Youth to discuss how their individual projects
Meeting was adjourned at 8:15PM.