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in a training program or earn their college degree and provide the pathway out of povt. we also support c pack's recommendation to expand schools for all to include 3-5 years to allow flexibility for providers prioritizing 4-year-olds and getting them ready for kindergarten. >> good afternoon board of supervisors. my name is traiven hill. i have the opportunity to receive quality child care and now i'm on the honor roll at the student academy. it's important to have child care. please vote for children's fund.
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>> good afternoon, i'm jefferson fellow, speaking on behalf of larken street services. even though it's a larger organization that helps youth across this city, i'm speaking from my very humble perspective from the corner of the city in the haight. item -- i'm from a tiny space. each day i would serve about 75 youth. i'm speaking on behalf of the disconnected transitional age youth and the need for additional services and funds directed for those individuals. around buena vista park and golden gate park we are ready to make bold steps and looking to employment and which as you
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have already discussed which i'men encouraged to hear conversation around the hot team that a lot of those issues that are important to the work that i'm doing i have already discussed that we are ready to meet people who are ready to take that step. right now there is a dearth in terms of mental health services. everyone knows with my staff, for everyone that comes there is a waiting time for maybe to get into a treatment facility might be a matter of months and anyone in the works would know that you would have to work very quickly who is ready to make that action step. as well as for employment, there are many youth who want to work who have actually organized themselves to do park clean
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up. they borrow our brooms and clean the streets. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon supervisors. my name is nancy. i'm a current advisory board member and staff which is a youth center. i'm here as a youth that has benefited from from the program and i have been a part of community fund and also facilitated a youth town hall and youth focus group for a hundred youth that came to voice their opinion. overwhelmingly the young people came from all ages agree that we should expand the fund and include
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transitional age youth. as a service provider for 3 years, i can say that it is very challenging working at a youth center where the majority of our funds are restricted to 17 and younger. so tufrl internship opportunities that we provide are not able to go to these young people who need it most which are transitional age youth. so i think if we are really talking about equity and reauthorization of the children's fund that we can't continue to turn a blind eye to transitional age youth who are disconnected and facing multiple barriers to success. >> thank you very much. >> good afternoon. my name is
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lydia montana. when i came i thought i was going to be aggressive but hearing all the supportive words from the board of supervisors is really nice and it makes you feel that we are moving in the right direction. so i just wanted to just agree with everybody saying that we need these funds. we need to increase these funds because our children like michelle needs these services. especially for the disconnected transitional age youth, we need to provide more services because they are a risk like you heard before to becoming homeless in this city that is gorgeous, but it's not really children friendly.
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>> thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon supervisors, any other name issel ga. we have a 35-year-old organization in the city providing programs and recreation and leadership development programs to low income children and their families. mostly in the mission district. i am also a mother of there e girls in san francisco schools. the oldest of which is graduating from the high school. i'm here to support the recommends of the children funding community coalition and wanted to zero in on 3 specifically that are important for jamestown. no. 1 is to increase the fund. the increase is fairly small and i'm speaking as a homeowner in district 7 and you will hear
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repeatedlly about evidence and investment in the enrichment in children's lives and providing services around them will provide all sorts of savings not to mention we are investing in the lives of human beings and how wonderful is that. no. 2 is to support the commission and to include you the people that we serve. so low income parents and particularly youth, their voices need to be heard in all of this. and no. 3 expand to expand the planning cycle to providing we sources for our young people to develop and we want to implement evidence based practices. in order to do that we have to listen how that is defined by a whole
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number of different fundes ers -- we need to train our staff to do so. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello supervisors. i'm a program manager and lyric. i'm -- last fiscal year we serviced many of these youth who are lgbt and unfortunately we were not able to meet all their needs. as a service providers and working on the
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front lines it's heartbreaking to see our youth come to our recruiting session and having to turn them away because we are only able to hire high school age youth. i think we have an opportunity to really take a lot of leadership around including youth in all of our programs. we have a lot of amazing programs here in san francisco. i also was a part of the california statewide leadership cohort that was held by california wellness foundation and a lot of these issues statewide are real and a lot of our service providers are asking the same questions. i also want to highlight some of our youth here to share stories so you can hear from them as well. >> good evening board of
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supervisors. right now i'm an educator at lyric. before that i was a very shy and quiet kid and by becoming interning and lyric i became to learn to advocate for myself and my family. now the internships that we have at lyric are for high school students. i want to make it more accessible for youth 18-24 because i am a leader in my community and i want to be able to expand that and give those other resources to you that comment on there that get kicked out of homes because they don't conform with their identity or sexual
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orientation. thank you for your time. >> thank you, next speaker, please. >> hello, my name is oscar cortès and an educator at lyric. i want to say how it impacted me. i started as an intern appoint lyric in 2013. at first i didn't know what i wanted to do with my future, but thanks to lyric in opening up it's doors and educating us on these social issues going on in our community i realized that i wanted to get into politics and maybe sit up there with you and make these decisions. i think there are a lot of other youth out there who are homeless and out of high schools that could benefit from these lyric programs and i really do push
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that we expand this age range. thank you. >> good evening everyone, my name is alexander and i'm an outreach worker for advocating for learning. i'm here to ask that transitional age youth are added to the children's fund. me, myself, i'm a transitional age youth and i'm 22 today and -- not today. i'm 22 as we speak. but one of the reasons why i am so passionate about transitional age youth being added to this is because once i turn 22 there was a lot of resources cutoff for me loochlt -- a lot of funding,
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once i turned 21, there were programs i wasn't able to get access to and talk about a lot of youth in the criminal justice system now and they will be released from prison or whatever, incarceration they are facing now. when they are between the ages of 22-24. what's going to happen when there is no resources for them? are they going back to jail? what are they going to do if there are no resources for them. i really ask for transitional age youth programs. and there were a lot of kids my age that they didn't know that they wanted to get their lives together now. we can't higher them because they are too young. they are going back in the
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prison system and becoming homeless and there is no room for them in the city anymore. i would like to see transitional age youth added to this. >> hi. name is emma. serving over 90,000 girls. i'm glad that you are here because who is in the data and what do we mean by everyone in that definition. a little data, over 50 percent of young latinas here in san francisco are becoming pregnant before
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age 18. only 44 percent of girls can pass a physical fitness test here. girls are sexually assaulted and san francisco continues to have the highest rate sexual exploitation among girls in california. i know this isn't new to you. the way to address the facts in these data is to ensure that girls are included in the processes that define the fund agenda. what do i mean by that? last year it was clearly identified a needs assessment in physical development and physical activities. for workforce
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development, there is a need for affordable child care and a need for protection of sexual harassment and a young program for young woman. that program was cut in 2013 although under the leadership of maria sue, many of those funds were restores. >> i think that's your time. if we can wrap up please. >> i'm sorry. very quickly we have four recommendations that i will also turn it >> please wrap up quickly. >> for equity's needs, we ask that girls be included. for children and families we strongly support that that
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commission come into being and that one member have experts in the fields of growth services and including to not limited to gender responsive services and we ask the community needs assessment include a community meeting exclusively for girls to ensure that their voices and needs are heard. >> please bring your recommendations here. they are great. thanks. >> hello, good evening. my name is gloria romero the youth and services. not only the staff but also the youth and families we serve have been actively engaged in the grass routines for the funding coalition and have given their input in feedback and
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recommends. therefore we strongly support the full recommendation. i want to highlight the recommendation. i also agree that the children's fund should be increased and there is polling that have been done that the city supports that and wants to increase the commitment for children and families and want to highlight the including k youth. we graduated 29 k youth to our program. we see the importance of the unique needs of the k youth. it's going through all of these changes and going to be more difficult for them to obtain their ged. there is a lot of supported services needed and i also wanted to also as a member of the alliance for girls
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network i wanted to also support the recommendations that were provided as well and i'm a long time girl services provider and want to make sure that general responsive issues are at the forefront. thank you. >> good afternoon supervisors. i'm a member of the steering committee for the reauthorization of the children's fund and member of the board of directors. while i appreciate all the city efforts and all the work done up to today, i'm here to urge your support on some changes that the community groups recommend that the ococ recommends. please remove the trigger language from the the
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services. having pulled the trigger during economic good times during budget surpluses, i don't think it's supported the school districts with these resources. for the children's fund, increase the upper age limit to 24 to include services for disconnected transition acknowledge youth. there are thousands of young people in need for support services for housing, health, education and employment. i see firsthand the real issues young people have with the have is and those that don't have. i worry about their future and the character of our city. a report issued last month, i will add briefly, my second recommendation to increase
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the children's funds from $0.03 to 5 cents.$0.05. >> i'm from performing arts workshop. we are here representing the alliance for arts education that has been participating in the community coalition. we are here to support the community coalition recommendations. our alliance of our members work for pre. k we work and every level. i want to point something in the presentation that you just heard from the superintendant and from maria sue which was the call to do more and do better. i think that really points to the need for some of the recommendations that are coming from the community coalition, the need to
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eliminate the triggers, the need for the in kind services and the coalition has come to some support for supporting that overwhelming increase. if you read the presentation today and the reports that came out in december. we also can't wait to hear more details. i think that this is very complicated idea to take two independent fund and combine them on one ballot and they are complicated in themselves. in in in >> good evening, my name is crista garretteey. it's a pleasure to be heard tonight. i'm here to support the recommendations and specifically i would like to highlight the disconnected
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homeless and transition services in our community. we want to do great work. we are providing valuable great service but we really need to do more. our transitional age young people are falling through our cracks and becoming chronically ill homeless residents in san francisco. i former employee for residential health services and hulk el berry youth program where i over see transitional youth programs and i know all too well that our need is extreme and we could not spend too much. thank you for your support. >> hi, my name is molly war brown. thank you for your patience today. i'm director of programs and hulk el berry
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youth program and 24 years ago i spent time to get this on the ballot. it was very difficult to get services to children and families wechl lobbied for this fund and we were successful and now my child is 24 years old. i will tell you that one of the things about having tase is that they are not adults. they need something different. we have parents when a youth successfully completes their probationary requirements and start to struggle with their families and we get calls from their parents and they need help, they are not doing well in schools and we can't help them because we have an acknowledge until 17. there is a huge need for this. i don't
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know if you are aware, about the age requirements have changed. right now we have a 25 percent drop out rate at the high schools and we have a lot of youth who are not on track to graduate. i think we need to be planning for that. our polling shows that voters are willing at a 4.7 rate. there is a compelling support for this and i would also like to speak in favor of the commission to help with the transparency and accountability. i think citywide planning is a great idea. you don't need a charter amendment for that. thank you. good afternoon
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supervisors. i'm with planning counsel at c pack. we created a subcommittee that has met several times and came up with recommendations and brought that to our member and approved the recommendations. i just want to highlight some of those recommendations today. many of them are very much aligned with the coalition recommendation and we want to set the provision an maintain local funds for city resources with sfusd and community partners. coordinate city's investment of the san francisco office of early care and education to stream line and ensure effective planning and maximize federal dollars. it was very to c pack that we
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prioritize kwiblt to lining the funds to population by age group to season -- ensure the plan of services. the c pack is in support of the establishment of the commission to government authority of local resources and include c pack representation on the commission. thank you very much. >> good evening, i'm the director of youth services and on the planning coalition as well. i only want to hit a couple things and this is primarily for those of you watching at home. this increase that we are talking about from $0.03 to $0.05 does not raise property taxes. it's just talking about what is already being set aside. i
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think that's an important idea for people to understand. the poll shows favor for that. but i think we want to make sure that people understand that we are not pushing to increase anybody's property taxes. secondly i just want to say i know there is a lot of conversation about tase but to supervisor breed's concerns around what is going on around the city with african american males, i think that what we see everyday in the work that we do with juvenile and criminal justice system and school district and probation department that a lot of the kids that are the young people we are talking about fall into this 18-24 range and we actually define at our agency 16-24. i think this increase in including children's fund money to serve youth up to age
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24 allows for greater creativity for providing services and keeping people engaged and allowing them opportunity. thank you. >> good evening supervisors, my name is jamie puente. we have changed. we have lost federal money for programming. no. 2, the jobs in san francisco were no longer here. we have to change the workers programming. we need to look at the academics and education of people to help them get to the jobs. for that it takes longer. their first job is not going to be the job they stick with. when you get to a young person, they get to larson street at 18 or 19 years old.
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having that extra 2 years to support them will have a much better outcome. >> next speaker. >> good afternoon supervisors, my name is natalie. i'm here representing the chinese coalition for children. i'm currently staffing a program by the children's fund that works with 30 amazing young people from low income working class background. i am a direct product of the children's fund. it's critical to have the support for the young people in our city especially when the city is becoming more expensive for the working class and low income families and having less opportunity for young people. it's important to incorporate age transitional youth because you turn 18-21. i was fortunate

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