Over the last year and a half, four communities in San Mateo
County have been hard at work looking for solutions to overcome
barriers to youth success. Despite busy schedules and competing
priorities, over 1,000 community members showed their investment
in young people’s futures by taking surveys, attending night
meetings, knocking on doors, talking to neighbors and digging
deep with their communities to come together around top
South San Francisco and North Fair Oaks are off and running with
implementation! Both communities held small implementation group
meetings and are discussing opportunities to move forward with
plan implementation. South San Francisco has unique interest in
training for police officers and providing additional activities
for children and young people. In North Fair Oaks, stakeholders
have momentum for investing in mental health connections and
preventative mental health measures.
The end of May marks the end of another SMC Youth Commission
cohort. Key achievements of this cohort includes the adoption of
a Indigenous People’s Resolution, the recommendation of Social
Host Ordinance and the public support for sustainable policies
that will help the county cope with climate change.
People who live in healthy, affordable
places live longer, healthier lives. One way low-income
communities have been coping with the affordability crisis is by
subdividing their single-family homes and converting their
garages into second units to accommodate friends, relatives or
renters. Second units have been a part of low-income communities
before they became a trendy strategy to augment the much-needed
supply of housing.
In Health Policy and Planning, one of our goals is to support
policies that ensure all residents can choose an active or public
transportation choice when desired. Right now is also a good time
to have your voice heard in various bike and pedestrian plan
updates throughout the County. There are currently at least four
bike and pedestrian plan updates underway in the County, in
various stages of input and planning, that include: Daly City,
the City of San Mateo, San Mateo County, and South San Francisco,
and one Transportation Master Plan in Menlo Park. These plans are
The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) has developed
a framework and a set of goals to advance its commitment to
equity and social justice. By identifying values such as equity,
access, community power, sustainability and empathy, SVBC staff
will work to realize its vision for a community that values,
includes and encourages bicycling for all people.
The SMC Youth Commission (SMCYC) is recruiting youth between the
ages of 13 to 20 who reside in San Mateo County to serve on the
commission for the 2019-2020 term. The SMCYC advises the Board of
Supervisors and other county departments on the needs and
concerns of the county’s youth with the goal of informing
policies that can improve the well-being of and the conditions
for all youth to thrive in San Mateo County. Share the
opportunity with any youth leaders you know! Applications are due May 24,
The SMC Youth Commission got a win this month with the
Board of Supervisors approving one of their suggested policies,
known as the Social Host Ordinance, to discourage the
consumption of alcohol and other drugs by minors. Originally
proposed by SMC Youth Commission in partnership with Behavioral
Health and Recovery Services in 2018, the ordinance fines hosts
of parties that make alcohol and other drugs available to minors.
Community Alliance with Family
Farmers (CAFF) was recently selected to help lead the San
Mateo Food System Alliance (SMFSA). The Alliance is a
collaboration of community leaders working to improve all aspects
of the local food system including local farms, workers,
consumers and the environment.
The close of the year is always an introspective time for me. I
think back at what the year has brought and think ahead to what I
hope the upcoming year will bring – personally and
professionally. 2018 has been an intense year for our Get Healthy
San Mateo County collaborative. More people and organizations are
now engaged in advancing healthy communities through
transportation and mobility options, increased attention to
housing stability, sustainable food systems, and social-emotional
environments in schools.
The deadline to apply for the SMC Youth Commission Request for
Proposals is rapidly approaching—January 24 before 5PM PST. The
SMC 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.
SMC Health is seeking a provider committed to the youth
development and well-being of all youth in San Mateo County to
manage the SMC Youth Commission for the next three years.
If you are in high school and are interested in mentoring younger
kids to promote physical activities and healthy food, you can
apply to the Healthy Living
Ambassadors Program. If you have a child in high school, are
an educator or are connected to students in any way, please share
this opportunity with them!
Get Healthy SMC is pleased to announce the release of the Request
for Proposals for the San Mateo County Youth Commission.
San Mateo County Health is seeking proposals for a provider with
experience in youth development and a commitment to supporting
the well-being of all youth in San Mateo County. The contractor
will manage, champion, sustain, provide oversight and raise the
profile of the San Mateo County Youth Commission.
The Emergency Medical Services Corps program of Alameda
County is now seeking San Mateo County applicants for its
next cohort. The San Mateo County Health is partnering with this
nationally-renowned program to train local entry-level emergency
medical technicians, remove economic barriers for residents most
impacted by health inequities, and increase the diversity of the
local medical responder and health workforce. Applications must
be submitted by December 31, 2018.
“Family therapy brought me closer to my dad,” says an
incarcerated youth at San Mateo County’s Youth Services Center.
“I was never as close to my dad as I am now.” We’re discussing
what would have made a difference for him—the supports and
barriers along his path, which for most of the last two years has
taken him in and out of this detention facility. Access to family
therapy and a supportive parole officer has been stabilizing
since he has been incarcerated, and he pauses to consider the
earlier supports that could have made a difference.