Who We Are

San Mateo County Youth Commissioners at the 2015-2016 Swearing in Ceremony

What is the San Mateo County Youth Commission?

In 1993, the Board of Supervisors established Resolution 57588, which created the San Mateo County Youth Commission. This was then amended by Resolution 59609 adopted in 1995.

Mission Statement

The Youth Commission strives to address issues affecting youth in San Mateo County and close the gap between adult and youth perspectives. By placing youth in committees and on County Boards and Commissions, the Youth Commission increases awareness of and advocates for youth issues, advises the Board of Supervisors, presents policy recommendations, and creates projects that serve the community.


The San Mateo County Youth Commission is an advisory commission to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, established in 1993 to address youth need in the county, and provide youth voice in local government. The Commission consists of 25 members, between the ages of 13-21, who reside or attend school in San Mateo County. Funded by the Health and Policy Planning Unit of the County’s Health Services, reporting to the Board of Supervisors, and housed under StarVista, the Commission is a collaborative effort of all three San Mateo County serving entities.

Top Priorities for the 2015-2016 Year

1. Advocate for youth issues and amplify youth voice in San Mateo County.

2. Educate Youth about mental health issues and increase services all while promoting overall well-being among youth (emotionally, socially, mentally, and physically).

3. Prioritizing environmental awareness and advocacy in youth in San Mateo County.

4. Be social activists that strive to promote equality at all levels for youth in the community.

5. Commit to publicizing both the youth commission and the youth conference so that more young people can get engaged in local initiatives.

Download a SMC Youth Commission brochure here