Youth Advocacy Day 2019 – We Are The City

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San Francisco City Hall

1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102

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Youth Advocacy Day (YAD) is an all-day event committed to youth empowerment and civic engagement for San Francisco’s youth. It is a day in which high school students have the opportunity to meet with city leaders and public officials to share their thoughts, concerns, and questions about issues they care about as young people. Youth Advocacy Day is a unique educational experience for youth to take ownership over their civic lives.

This year, we will honor the legacy of SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi who was an avid participant of Youth Advocacy Day and will be remembered as a champion of youth and fearless advocate of justice.

Youth Advocacy Day is brought to you by the Youth Empowerment Allocation of the Children and Youth Fund. The Department of Children Youth and Their Families (DCYF) is a proud sponsor of YAD along with our partners the SF Youth Commission, SF Public Library, SF Recreation and Parks, and Office of the Administrator.

Youth Advocacy Day Participants will start the day with a kick-off welcome rally at the steps of City Hall and enjoy an Open House Meet and Greet breakfast with the Board of Supervisors in their district offices.

You will then meet the people who make the City run: City and County workers who are born and raised in San Francisco with a special keynote address from Mayor London Breed in the City Hall rotunda.

After lunch in Civic Center Plaza, you will get to speak directly to the people who run the City: the officials who make the decisions that affect your lives. Six panels will bring together decision-makers in charge of different issues area facing San Francisco today, and you will be able to make your voice heard.

Participants will walk away with YAD swag, create art, and celebrate with us at the YAD After Party with snacks and music!

We will have six (6) panels on youth issues throughout the day and in the registration form, you will have the chance to attend TWO. The six panels are based on issues that the SF Youth Commission has identified as youth priorities and are described below:

Know Justice Know Peace: Policy, Systems and the People

This panel discussion will focus on our Justice System and exploring the impacts youth sentencing, alternatives to detention, re-entry support and programs, and restorative justice.

Invited Speakers include leadership and representatives from offices of the SF Public Defender, SF District Attorney, Adult Probation Department, Juvenile Probation Department, Collaborative Courts.

Community Safety: Policing and the Public

This panel discussion will focus on the experience of community safety in San Francisco with a focus on community policing, mandatory training of police, and pedestrian and night safety.

Invited Speakers include leadership and representatives from offices of the SF Police Department, SF Public Defender, SF Sheriff’s Department, Department of Police Accountability.

Green and Clean: Access to Livable City, Public Space, and Quality Environment

This panel discussion will explore San Francisco's environmental education + practices, access and availability of public space, safe and clean environments from the streets to our transit systems, equity zones, and our city initiative San Francisco Vision Zero.

Invited Speakers include leadership and representatives from offices of SF Public Utilities Commission, SF Public Library, Public Works, SF Recreation and Parks Department, Department of the Environment, SF Arts Commission, SF Municipal Transit Authority.

Youth in Action: Leadership, Community Engagement, and Civic Identity

This panel discussion will examine the role of youth action in the era of identity politics, sanctuary cities, youth rights, activism and organizing and digital advocacy.

Invited Speakers include leadership and representatives from offices of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, SF Police Department, San Francisco Unified School District, Department on the Status of Women, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Office of Trans Initiatives.

Whose Home? Housing and Supportive Services

This panel discussion will focus on housing and housing needs in San Francisco with a focus on transitional age youth housing, homelessness, gentrification, cultural heritage districts, transitional age youth navigation centers, mental health support, and substance abuse treatment.

Invited Speakers include leadership and representatives from offices of the Department of Public Health, SF Planning, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, Department of Housing and Homeless Services, Human Services Agency.

Learn + Earn: Equitable Education and Employment Opportunities

This panel discussion will focus on the schools to jobs pipeline for SF youth.

Invited Speakers include leadership and representatives from offices of Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, Human Rights Commission, San Francisco Unified School District, City College of San Francisco, Office of Economic and Workforce Development and SF Public Utilities Commission.

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