Exciting Update-Board of Supervisors Success!

A couple of weeks ago, the Youth Empowerment Academy (Vote16SF) brought together over one hundred youth to City Hall to speak at a Board of Supervisors meeting. Many of the youth came from different organizations and coalitions throughout the Bay Area including the SFUSD Student Advisory Council, Project WHAT, and various public and private schools. The plan was to urge the Supervisors to vote in favor of Vote 16 through public comment. After a presentation by Commissioner Jillian Wu, meaningful public comment, and a long discussion, the climax of the meeting arrived. Fortunately, our efforts were successful as we received 9 out of 11 votes from the supervisors; the supervisors thus motioned for Vote 16 to be put on the ballot in November. Additionally, this hearing was historical as it was the first joint meeting between the supervisors and Youth Commission officers. Supervisor John Avalos said the following on this movement, “Regardless of whether this measure is approved or not, [San Francisco] is starting a trend that will happen across the country, where cities like ours will consider whether young people can vote."