TAYSF is collaborative network of city departments, service providers, and young people who are committed to improving outcomes for transitional age young people in San Francisco.
TAYSF Works for a City Where
- All young adults have access to affordable, safe, and stable housing
- All young adults are physically healthy & emotionally resilient
- All young adults attain educational achievement in preparation for career and community participation, including a high school diploma, postsecondary degree and/or vocational certificate training
- All young adults are gainfully employed with living wages and benefits and/or have access to career training to achieve life-long economic stability
- All young adults have connections to a positive support system, including guidance from family members and caring adults
History of TAYSF: Mayor Newsom’s TAY Task Force
In 2006, in response to urgent calls by youth advocates, former mayor Gavin Newsom named a 36-member task force comprised of the City’s advocates, providers, young people and funders. The task force was charged with identifying policy and practice reforms that would help San Francisco’s most vulnerable young people successfully transition into adulthood and achieve self-sufficiency.
The group developed 16 comprehensive recommendations to improve the outcomes for disconnected youth and young adults in its report Disconnected Youth in San Francisco: A Roadmap to Improve the Life Chances of San Francisco’s Most Vulnerable Young Adults.
The 2007 report established four priority areas under which the 16 recommendations were organized; notably, these priority areas align directly with the vision of the Performance Partnership Pilots:
1) Making disconnected youth a priority
2) Enhancing service coordination
3) Improving quality of service delivery
4) Increasing system capacity
The recommendations under each of these priority areas outline specific, measurable action-items designed to improve the outcomes of San Francisco’s disconnected 16 – 24 year-olds.
TAYSF is Born
In 2008, TAYSF, the Transitional Age Youth Initiative, was created to sustain these high-priority recommendations beyond the life of the task force and to implement and enhance them. TAYSF functioned in the nexus of city government, service provision, research, advocacy and policymaking working closely with city departments, service providers and young people to improve the transition of young people into adulthood.
TAYSF Finds a Home at DCYF
In an effort to ensure the sustainability and impact of TAYSF, Mayor Ed Lee issued a policy directive in April 2012 that states that as a City, we must:
1. Ensure that disconnected transitional age youth are a priority population citywide
2. Increase both internal and external coordination of services and investments for disconnected transitional aged youth
3. Provide support for authentic youth engagement in policy and program-related decisions
4. Strengthen TAY-related resources, including data-collection and best-practices research
5. Work with our community partners to align efforts and gather valuable feedback
To support this effort, the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF) was designated the citywide “home” for coordination of TAY services and policies.
In addition, the core departments that fund or provide services for TAY have identified a deputy-level “TAY Lead” to work with DCYF in the development of citywide priorities, coordinating service delivery and improving efficiency and accountability of TAY services across the City.
TAY-Serving City departments include the following:
- Department of Children, Youth and Their Families
- Office of Economic and Workforce Development
- Human Services Agency
- Department of Public Health
- Adult Probation Department
- Juvenile Probation Department
- Mayor’s Office of Housing
In addition, TAYSF coordinates with the following institutions and offices:
- San Francisco Unified School District
- City College of San Francisco
- San Francisco Housing Authority
- San Francisco District Attorney’s Office
- San Francisco Sheriff’s Department
- San Francisco Public Defender’s Office
- San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
- San Francisco International Airport
TAY Engagement for Informed Decision-Making
A core component of the work from 2008 to the present has been in fostering and supporting authentic young adult engagement in planning and policymaking.
TAYSF has launched TAY-RAPP (TAY Research, Advocacy , Policy & Practice), an initiative aimed at assisting city departments and community agencies to include the voices of young adults in their policy and decision-making. Building off of TAYSF’s youth and young adult engagement, TAY-RAPP offers consultation, focus groups and action research through our Community TAY Advisory Board and Young Adult staff.
The Citywide TAY Advisory Board is comprised of 14 young adults ages 16-25 who bring their personal and professional experience to assist in defining, planning and addressing the needs of TAY in San Francisco. Currently TAY- RAPP is working with the Department of Public Health to inform their professional development strategies related to trauma-informed care and conducting focus groups with young adults involved with the Juvenile and Adult Probation Departments to better inform service needs.
TAY staff and Advisory Members also hold seats on the Youth Council, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, DCYF’s Citizens Advisory Council and Youth Advisory Council.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our TAYSF Staff page for more contact info.