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The San José Youth Commission is a body of youth recognized as the official youth advisory group to the Mayor and City Council. Commissioners are involved in policy recommendations concerning youth. They support the development of youth who desire to serve their community through active civic engagement and participation.  

Commission Information

Meets: 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers
Number of Members: 11
Member Term: 2 years
Staff Contact: Betty Ramirez (408) 793-5559


Agendas and Minutes

 Agenda Time   Location  Minutes   
 January 22, 2018  5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. City Managers Conference Room    
 January 22, 2018  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. City Managers Conference Room    
 December 18, 2017  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. Council Chambers December 18, 2017 Meeting Minutes  
 November 27, 2017  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. Council Chambers November 27, 2017 Meeting Minutes  
 October 23, 2017  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. Council Chambers October 23, 2017 Meeting Minutes  
 September 25, 2017  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. Council Chambers      
 August 28, 2017  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. Council Chambers August 28, 2017 Meeting Minutes  
 August 18-20, 2017  4:30p.m.-  5:30p.m. Almanden Community Center August 18-20, Meeting Minutes  
 June 12, 2017  5:00p.m.-  6:00p.m. Tower Building Conference T955    
 June 12, 2017  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Wing Rooms    
 May 22, 2017  5:00p.m -  6:00p.m.  City Hall T955  Meeting Canceled  
 May 22, 2017  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers
May 22, 2017 Meeting Minutes    
 April 24, 2017  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  Wing Rooms 119/120 April 24, 2017 Meeting
 March 27, 2017  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers March 27, 2017 Meeting Minutes  
 February 27, 2017  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers February 27, 2017 Meeting Minutes   
 January 23, 2017  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers January 23, 2017 Meeting Minutes   
 January 23, 2017  
 Special Meeting
 5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.  Mayor's Conference Room January 23, 2017 Special Meeting Minutes  
 December 12, 2016  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Managers Conference  
 Room 1734 
 November 28, 2016  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers November 28, 2016 Meeting Minutes  
 October 24, 2016  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers October 24, 2016 Minutes  
 September 26, 2016  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers September 26, 2016 Minutes  
 August 22, 2016  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers August 22, 2016 Minutes  
 August 19-21, 2016  4:30p.m. - 5:30p.m  Almaden Community Center Retreat Agenda  
 June 21,2016  6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m.  Tower Building T955    
 June 6, 2016  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers    
 May 23, 2016  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers Meeting Canceled  
 May 20, 2016  9:00a.m. - 3:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers    
 April 25, 2016  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers  April 25, 2016 Minutes  
 March 28, 2016  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers  March 28, 2016 Agenda  
 February 22, 2016  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers  February 22, 2016 Minutes  
 January 25, 2016  6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  City Hall Council Chambers    


  • Foster greater involvement of youth in municipal government 
  • Studies youth issues, activities and concerns relating to the City’s municipal policies, programs, and projects.


  • Held every 4th Monday of each month beginning August through May at 6:30pm in the City Hall Council Chambers
  • Meetings are open to the public and follows Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Commissioners may spend additional hours per month attending training's and ad hoc working meetings 
  • Or their own District Youth Advisory Council (YAC) meetings in their respective city districts

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Present youth recommendations to City Council and Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services
  • Conduct forums to involve youth in governmental decision-making process 
  • Co-sponsor annual San José Citywide Youth Conference
  • Host an annual youth advisory council summit to gather input on the city budget
  • Present an annual work plan report to the Neighborhood Service and Education Council committee 



  • Ages of 14 – 20 years of age
  • Reside in the city district you are representing
  • Commitment, passion, and drive to bring awareness of youth issues 
  • Represent approximately over 200,000 youth within the City of San José      

Term and Appointments 

  • Serve a two-year term with the possibility of reappointment
  • Mayor and City Council make appointments to the youth commission during the month of May
  • All commission applications are processed through the San Jose City Clerk’s office 

Governed By


  • There is no compensation for serving on the Youth Commission
  • However, through the active leadership role, the relationship building and civic engagement activities, commissioners gain immense skills that will benefits them throughout their future. 

Frequently Asked Questions


  • How can I apply for the commission?
  • When are commission application due?
  • How can I get involved with the commission?
  • How can I present to the commission?
  • Which city district do I live in?
  • How can I obtain community service hours? 
  • Do the commission host or sponsor events?
  • How do I contact the youth commission?