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TAYSF Feature Article: Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities or Special Needs

TAYSF Feature Article: Bridges from School to Work, S.F. Youth Commission MAR 2014 Newsletter “Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society,” says the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. Despite their right to participate or contribute to San Francisco society, youth and young adults with special needs are up against serious challenges. Navigating an able-bodies system is a challenge for any transitional aged youth. But add a disability or significant physical or mental issue, and the barriers to services grow exponentially larger. We continue to […]

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The Resilience of Disconnected Young Mothers in San Francisco

  The Resilience of Disconnected Young Mothers in San Francisco, featuring Jessica Allen, CTAB member, and Center for Young Women’s Development Jessica Allen, Citywide Advisory Board member, says that making the choice to be a mother in her teens was radical. Being a teenage mother, “society already gives us the message that you are f’d up, and you’re going to be another statistic,” Jessica said. While Jessica put this societal message on the backburner early on, she still fell under the radar. At school, she navigated without guidance, and even experienced homelessness. “I had to do it myself,” Jessica said, […]

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San Francisco Youth Commissioners still pushing BOS and City Departments to implement 12N sensitivity training and track outcomes of LGBTQQ youth

In a photo published in San Francisco Bay Guardian article earlier this year, San Francisco Youth Commissioner Mia Tu Much, 22, held a sign stating “I need 12N because youth shouldn’t have to educate adults.” The “12N” refers to Chapter 12N of the San Francisco Administrative Code that requires city departments to provide sensitivity training to employees working with LGBTQQ young people like Commissioner Tu Much. Now thirteen years since12N became law, only one city department, according to the San Francisco Youth Commission, has been in full compliance. “The Department of Public Health (DPH) is the only one specifically looking […]

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