Adult allies have several roles in the San Mateo County Youth Commission including: guiding and supporting youth on a County Board or Commission, encouraging youth’s participation, supporting the completion of a project, being an advocate for youth, and creating a space that encourages relationship building. The following are a few of our San Mateo County Adult Allies:
Current FY ‘13 – ‘14 Adult Allies
- Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council
I serve in an elected office as San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools and I’m delighted to be an Adult Ally for the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council. I’ve been so impressed with the leadership of our county’s Youth Commissioners – they bring a fresh perspective, a commitment to working to achieve change, and boundless enthusiasm that energizes any group with which they’re associated. Our Youth Commissioners are outstanding ambassadors on behalf of our county’s youth.
Former Adult Allies
- HIV Board
I am a retired human resources professional who has worked in technology companies. Now I volunteer my time to several health-related non-profits, where I work toward eliminating health disparities and social injustice. It is a privilege working with youth – they teach me so much and give me hope – and I hope that, in some small way, I can help them achieve their dreams. When I’m not volunteering, I enjoy hiking, gardening, music, reading, and hanging out with friends.
- Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council
I am the CEO of StarVista and serve on the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council. As a member of PPLC I am pleased to serve as an Adult Ally for one of our youth members on the council. I support our youth through the work of our agency and find it rewarding and insightful to work individually with a youth in our community. I love to play tennis when I am not working. Our youth have so much to offer the community.
- Pride Initiative
Madeline Houghton is a Project Supervisor with Asian American Recovery Services and the Co-Chair for the San Mateo County PRIDE Initiative. She has been a youth and family advocate in the Bay Area since 2001 and earned her Masters Degree in Human Development in 2009. Currently her focus is alcohol, tobacco and other drug ATOD prevention work in San Mateo County. There are higher rates of substance abuse amongst the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender LGBT population and as a Lesbian herself, Madeline works daily to breakdown the stigma that is associated with the community. As an Oakland resident, Madeline is the Founder and President of LGBT Youth and Family Advocacy to share awareness and create safe spaces for the community in the East Bay.
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission
I work as a full time Realtor covering the area of San Francisco and San Mateo County. Helping people to obtain or sell their home is my passion. I’ve been involved in doing volunteer work within BHRS and NAMI organization for the last 8 years and I’ve been mentoring Youth Commissioners for the last 2 years. I always enjoy helping people particularly youth; I believe that youth is the future leader of our country. Besides my volunteer work, I also enjoy sports, cooking and gardening.
In 2013, the San Mateo County Youth Commission implemented the “Outstanding Adult Ally Award” and the “Board/Commission Best Exemplifying Youth Engagement Award”. Awardees receive commendation from the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and the San Mateo County Youth Commission at the Youth Commission’s May Showcase :
In May 2013, John Andrews from the HIV Boaard was awarded with the San Mateo County Youth Commission’s Commendation for “Outstanding Adult Ally”. John Andrews was nominated by Youth Commissioner Araceli Efigenio.
Commission on the Status of Women
In May 2012, the Commission on the Status of Women was awarded with the San Mateo County Youth Commission’s Commendation for “Commission Best Exemplifying Youth Engagement”. The Commission was nominated by Youth Commissioner Mana Anvar. Photographed from L to R: Director of the CSW Honora Miller, Youth Commissioner and CSW Member Camille Erskine, Youth Commissioner and CSW Member Mana Anvar, CSW AA Keesa OCampo, CSW Chair Martina Tello, Youth Commissioner and former CSW Member Mia Semelman