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Get the Facts

San Francisco:

In 2012, Out of the 46.3% of youth registered to vote,only 27.8% actually voted. 

Source:, 09/2014

Policy Alerts

San Francisco:

AB 1412: Laura's Law 

Passed in San Francisco 

Source:, 9/05/2014

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What is improves outreach to transitional age youth. This comprehensive, searchable resource directory allows young adults to easily access information in order to connect with local resources available to them. Services in workforce, education, housing, wellness, advocacy and recreation are listed on one central site. is a project of Transitional Age Youth San Francisco (TAYSF) and the Citywide Transitional Age Youth Advisory Board (CTAB).
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TAYSF NOTE on Civic Engagement:  
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Voting Act. We pay reverence to all the martyrs and activist who put their safety on the line for marginalized groups to have access to this necessary right. We must be aware that these hard-fought rights continue to
be under attack as recent Supreme court rulings have allowed states to implement stricter voter I.D. requiements attest.

The youth vote is crucial for the development of a healthy democracy. When young people learn the voting process and vote they are more likely to do so when they are older. If individuals have been motivated to get to the polls once, they are more likely to return. So, getting young people to vote early could be key to raising a new generation of voters. 

Getting youth civically engaged is crucial to ensure diversity among positions of power and that all voices are represented in the legislative process. 

"A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess."                                   —A. Philip Randolph, Civil Rights & Labor Leader

In Community,
-Glenn, Jose-Luis, Daisy, Jessica, and Mia at TAYSF
Get Out The Vote! 
To increase voter turnout across all ages, the Department of Elections Outreach Team is providing “Be a Voter” presentations. These include education on how to register, steps to voting, what’s on the ballot in the upcoming election, and any questions your group may have. The outreach team members will also train organizations on how to register voters in their community and provide a guide for future voter registration drives.   
To increase voter turnout among the TAY population, TAYSF will be collaborating with The Department of Elections outreach team, Peer Resources, Coleman Advocates, San Francisco Youth Commission, YLI and CCSF's Student Advisory Council will be hosting a voter registration driver for youth! The drive will be Tuesday, October 14th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at College Track located at 4301 Third Street. For more information, contact Jose-Luis Mejia at

Click here to register to vote!

Feature Article:

The future of TAY in the hands of San Francisco voters:
Picture%20--%20banner-thumb-500x287-474The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, found that only 45% of young people age 18-29 voted in 2012, down from 51% in 2008. According to a report on youth civic engagement conducted by UC Davis Center for Regional Change, TAY experienced the lowest rates of participation than any other age group in California. 

Coincidentally, regions with
the greatest disparity in eligible youth turnout also have some of the most detrimental social and economic outcomes for their youth. For example, the Los Angeles and San Joaquin regions have the highest poverty levels and lowest graduation rates in California. These areas also had the lowest eligible voter turnout and highest rate of non-registered eligible voters. However, it was also noted that youth have significantly higher rates of NPP (No Party Prefrence) registration than Republican and even Democratic registration. 

Upcoming Events:

  • October 11: Teachers for Social Justice [Read more].
  • October 20: Google for Non-profits [
  • October 29: Seeking Safety: PTSD and Adolescent Youth [Read more].
                                                                                                                                            [More events here].

Scholarships, Internships, Jobs, & more for Youth and Young Adults:

Citywide TAY Advisory Board now looking for memebers for the CTAB! [Read more].

New Door Ventures now accepting applications for the Ally internship program. [Read more].

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation:Scholarship for High School Seniors up to $40k. [Read more].
Latest from has undergone a major rennovation. We now offer  a Policy Update page. This will contain local, state and federal legislation that can have potential impacts on TAY. We have also added a "For Providers" page. Here, you can find updates on confrences, trainings, workshops and much more for providers. We are also pleased to announce that TAYSF online  Research library has been updated here are now dozens of current research studies, articles and updated RFP's and Grant opportunities listed on as well. 
  Self Care for Providers self-care
As service providers, advocates, city officials and the like, stress from day to day interactions and situations is inevitable. However, an accumulation of stress often times leads to illness, apathy and burnout. The numerous stressors inherent  within our society have contributed to a cycle of violence and trauma which disproportionately affects communities with a low socioeconomic index.  Because of this many providers directly or indirectly experience vicarious trauma. According to the American Counseling Association, vicarious trauma is the emotional residue of exposure that counselors have from working with people as they are hearing their trauma stories and become witnesses to the pain, fear, and terror that trauma survivors have endured.

How do we begin to shield ourselves from the day to day traumas we may interact with? You can start by developing your own Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).This tool will help you identify stress triggers, assess when you are close to burnout and help you generate a daily, weekly and monthly routine for self-care!  Click here to start your WRAP plan. 
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