San Mateo County Youth Commission Application 2019-2020
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The San Mateo County Youth Commission is looking for passionate young people between the ages of 13 and 20 to join a strong, energetic group of youth dedicated to making a difference in our community.
The San Mateo County Youth Commission is an officially appointed 25 member youth-led advisory body to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. You can improve the lives of all young people throughout San Mateo County, offer youth perspective on important issues facing our community, and work directly with the Board of Supervisors and County departments as a leader and voice for youth in the county.  
The Youth Commission meets from 6:15-8:15 PM on the third Thursday of each month in San Mateo and 6:15-8:15 PM on the fourth Thursday of each month in Redwood City. Attendance at these meetings is *mandatory*.
Every year the Youth Commission works on specific projects selected by Commission members. Those projects may span multiple years and fall into to the following subject areas:
Immigrant Youth
The Immigrant Youth Committee is committed to amplifying the voice of immigrant youth in San Mateo County and ensuring immigrant youth are supported. Project areas have included:
- Creating a report on sanctuary jurisdictions and what it would mean for San Mateo County to become one
- Crafted a resolution to the Board of Supervisors to recommending adoption of Indigenous Peoples' Day as an honorary day
- Provide the Immigrant Youth Scholarship to two youth in the county
Environmental Justice
The Environmental Justice Committee arose from the previous Environmental Protection Committee. The goal of this committee is to collaborate with community and county partners to spread the word about our county's abundant natural areas and ensure access to them. Project areas have included:
- Bee the Change Event in Edgewood Park to educate the public on the importance of honeybee conservation
- Working with the San Mateo County Office of Education to promote its Environmental Literacy Program
- Working with the San Mateo County Parks Department and Commission to promote youth use of county parks
Human Rights
- Implementing a mentorship program for young women in San Mateo County
Education & Economic Development
The Education & Economic Development Committee aims to bridge the gaps between educational and economic opportunities for youth and children in San Mateo County.

Health & Wellness
The Health & Wellness Committee centers its efforts on the state of youth mental and physical health in the county including alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education. Project areas have included:
- Collaborating with San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) on a large-scale marijuana education campaign including surveyings, data collection, focus groups, and a town hall
-  In partnership with BHRS, crafted Social Host Ordinance to reduce underage drinking and the Board of Supervisors adopted recommended ordinance.
Apply by FRIDAY MAY 24, 2019. Please note you must complete the application in one session, you will not be able to save your progress as you go. There are four sections, the generic County of San Mateo Boards & Commissions questions, seven essay questions, an additional request for your personal information, and verification that you are able to meet the commitments of the Youth Commission. To see all of the questions at once before completing the application, you can view them here:
If you would like some assistance with your application or if you have questions, contact the program coordinator, Adam Wilson ( to setup an online or in-person meeting. You can join Adam online on 4/16/19 to talk about the commission/application from 4-6pm @
In-person interviews will be conducted with program staff, youth commissioners, and county partners on June 20th.
Please review our website for more information:
If you have any questions about this application, please contact Adam Wilson (
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