2007 Adolescent Report

In 2007, Youth Commissioners helped create the San Mateo County Adolescent Report.


Currently, the Adolescent Needs Committee is working to create the 2014 Adolescent Needs Report. Click here to view a pdf of the 2007 Adolescent Report from the San Mateo County Health System’s Health Policy and Planning Department.


Adolescent Needs Report 2007 Introduction

This report, an overview on the health status of our youth in San Mateo County, is designed to provide a snapshot of the health of our adolescent population and to make policy recommendations to improve it. It is intended to be used by providers, grant makers, policymakers, young people and their allies to identify areas where improvement can be made and to develop plans for action.

During the 1999-2000 San Mateo County budget hearings, the Board of Supervisors determined the need to develop a strategic plan in support of youth of the county. The Board of Supervisors used data and information from various sources, including the San Mateo County Community Needs Assessment, which suggested that teenage sexuality, drug use, and violence were serious and worsening public health concerns. In addition, the assessment concluded that strategies aimed at reducing these risk factors had not been adequately explored or implemented at the community level. The result of that decision was the first comprehensive look at the status of youth in our county, the San Mateo County Adolescent Report, published in 2001. It utilized data from national and local sources and made three general recommendations:

  1. 1) Increase the amount and number of sustained adult/child interactions, with the specific goal of having 2 to 3 non-teacher, non-parent adults associated with and regularly in every classroom in San Mateo County.
  2. 2) Youth should be treated as equals and involved as joint decision-makers in activities and programs that affect them.
  3. 3) Establish a structure that can help accomplish the first two recommendations.

  4. Since 2001, progress has been made in the above three areas, including enhancement of the Youth Commission and its interaction with other community bodies and organizations; development or strengthening of school-based programs using the asset development model; consolidation of community efforts in support of youth; and the incorporation of youth asset development principles in County initiatives.

    Click here to view the 2001 Adolescent Needs Report.

    Below is a video of the 2007 Adolescent Report.