Minouche Kandel, staff for Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking, speaks to TAYSF

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
"Our Children, Our City" community meetings

Why do so many young people become exploited and/or trafficked in Sf Bay Area?

MINOUCHE: S.F. is a hub of trafficking for the same reason it’s a tourist hub, but child sex trafficking survivors are primarily home-grown. Typically we think of trafficking happening in a developed country. But here, most sexually trafficked youth are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Most have a history with the child welfare system. These are kids we were responsible for, but end up being trafficked. It is our moral responsibility to make sure that these youth are not sexually trafficked on our watch.

This interview appears in our Summer 2014 TAYSF Newsletter.

Aging Out of Foster Care in SF without Documents, Verenice’s Story

May 27th, 2014 | By

TAY Spotlight, May 2014 Newsletter. Verenice Lopez, citywide TAY advisory board member, TAYSF

LEASE Opens Doors to Former Foster Youth by Giving Them a Key to Their First Apartment

May 22nd, 2014 | By

TAY PROVIDER SPOTLIGHT, MAY 2014. In TAYSF’s newsletter on current and former foster youth, we spoke with Angie Miot-Nudel, Program Manager at LEASE.

Jose-Luis Mejia speaks on teaching young people about mental illness and stigma, and breaking cycle of trauma

May 1st, 2014 | By

Growing up in a neighborhood of poverty or violence can traumatize any young person, and lead them to struggle with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—like anxiety, depression, and aggressive behavior.

We spoke with TAYSF’s own Jose-Luis Mejia on his work as a Peer Educator teaching young people about mental illness and stigmas often attached to it through SOLVE. Jose-Luis graciously shares his personal story with trauma and its consequences to high school students and providers, and us!

Note from the Director: Finding Jobs for Youth

Feb 14th, 2011 | By

Ultimately, it is all about jobs. Transitional aged youth need skills in order to be prepared for the good jobs that lead to self-sufficiency. We understand getting a young person “work-ready” is no easy task as many young adults have little or no work experience and have not had an opportunity to explore careers and determine their goals and

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