Youth Advocacy Day

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 8:30AM - 4:30PM | San Francisco City Hall

Youth Advocacy Day: We are the City is an all-day event committed to youth empowerment and civic engagement for San Francisco’s youth. It is a day in which high school students have the opportunity to meet with city leaders and public officials to share their thoughts, concerns, and questions about issues they care about as young people. Youth Advocacy Day is a unique educational experience for youth to take ownership over their civic lives. This year, we will honor the legacy of SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi who was an avid participant of Youth Advocacy Day and will be remembered as a champion of youth and fearless advocate of justice.

The Experience

  • Start the day with a kick-off welcome rally at the steps of City Hall.

  • Enjoy an Open House Meet and Greet breakfast with the Board of Supervisors in their district offices.

  • Meet people who make the City run: City and County workers who are born and raised in San Francisco, learn about their journey and their commitment to public service. 

  • A special address from Mayor London N. Breed and commemorative photo in the historic City Hall Rotunda.

  • Enjoy an outdoor lunch in Civic Center Plaza.

  • Participants speak directly to the people who run the City: the officials who make the decisions that affect your lives. Six panels will bring together decision-makers in charge of different issues area facing San Francisco today, and youth and young people will make their voices heard.

    • Know Justice Know Peace: Policy, Systems and the People

      • featuring Lauren Bell (Adult Probation Department), Ranon Ross (SF District Attorney’s Office), John Knox (SF Juvenile Probation), Katy Miller(SF District Attorney’s Office), Commissioner Josephine Cureton (SF Youth Commission)

    • Community Safety: Policing and the Public

      • featuring Public Defender Manojar Raju (SF Public Defender’s Office), Deputy Chief Makail Ali (SF Police Department), Commissioner Nora Hylton (SF Youth Commission)

    • Green and Clean: Access to Livable City, Public Space, and Quality Environment

      • featuring General Manager Phil Ginsburg (SF Recreation and Parks), City Librarian Michael Lambert (SF Public Library) Tom DeCaigny (SF Arts Commission), Edward Reiskin (SF Municipal Transit Authority), Josephina Dominguez-Chand (SF Department of the Environment), Commissioner Sasha Hirji (SF Youth Commission)

    • Youth in Action: Leadership, Community Engagement, and Civic Identity

      • featuring Derick Brown (SF Police Department), Emily M. Murase (Department of Status of Women), De'Anthony Jones (SF Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services), Pau Crego (Office of Trans Initiatives), Commissioner Arianna Nassiri (SF Youth Commission)

    • Whose Home? Housing and Supportive Services

      • featuring Alison Schlageter (SF Department of. Homelessness & Supportive Housing), Marlo Simmons (SF Department of Public Health), Anne Romero (Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development), Commissioner Jose Ty (SF Youth Commission)

    • Learn + Earn: Equitable Education and Employment Opportunities

      • Maria Su (SF Department of Children, Youth and Their Families), Superintendent Vincent Matthews (San Francisco Unified School District), Jenny Lam (Office of the Mayor), David Gray (Public Utilities Commission), Veronica Garcia (Human Rights Commission), Commissioner Drew K. Min (SF Youth Commission)

  • Participants will walk away with YAD swag, create art, and celebrate with us at the YAD After Party with snacks and music!

YAD is brought to you by the Youth Empowerment Allocation of the Children and Youth Fund. The Department of Children Youth and Their Families (DCYF) is a proud sponsor of YAD along with our partners the SF Youth Commission, SF Public Library, SF Recreation and Parks, and Office of the Administrator.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Prishni Murillo at 415-937-4840 or email