The Commission Committees are active workgroups that meet regularly to carry out the work of the Commission. The 2010-2012 focus areas are Transition Age Youth, Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Attendance/Truancy Issues in Young Children (K–3rd grades).
Committee membership is open to all community members who have an interest in addressing the issues and committed to actively participating on a committee.
If you or someone you know may be interested in learning more about the Commission Committees, please contact the Commission at Renee.Rambus@sdcounty.ca.gov or (619) 338-2049.
Adolescent Alcohol and Other Drug Use Committee (AAODU)
This Committee’s focus is the use of alcohol and other drugs by adolescents in San Diego County. The Committee’s goal for the next two years involves assessing current drug and alcohol treatment in the County: analyzing needs and locations together with cultural competency of these locations, evaluating best practices, addressing capacity and creating a white paper to raise awareness around current drug and alcohol treatment in San Diego County.
The AOD Committee meets the 4th Tuesday Monthly, 2:30 – 4:00 pm,3255 Camino del Rio South, La Jolla Room, San Diego, CA (date and time may change)
Child Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Committee (CAFVPC)
The Committee provides the leadership, resource development, education and coordination to prevent and respond to child abuse and family violence in San Diego County. The Committee is a joint effort of the Domestic Violence Council and the Commission on Children, Youth and Families and provides a forum for inter-agency coordination in the prevention, detection, and treatment of child abuse, and promotes public awareness of the abuse and neglect of children. Through the coordination of community efforts, and by promoting awareness, advocacy and education, the Committee works to protect all children from exposure to violence, abuse or neglect.
The CA/FVP Committee meets the 2nd Thursday Monthly (dark in July & December), 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., Ruby's Diner, Mission Valley, 1640 Camino Del Rio North #360P, San Diego, CA (location may change)
Education and Foster Youth Advisory Committee (Education)
This is a joint committee addressing both the education goals of the Commission and the issues addressed by the Foster Youth Services Advisory Committee. The Commission‘s Education focus area for the next two years is attendance issues in young children and includes all children in San Diego County in grades K-3. FYSAC focuses on improved educational outcomes for youth within the dependency system.
The Education Committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of Odd Months (dark in July), 1:30 – 3:00 pm, 6401 Linda Vista Road, Room 508, San Diego, CA
Transition Age Youth Committee (TAY)
This Committee addresses issues of youth transitioning from the foster care, mental health or delinquency system to adulthood. The Committee’s goal for the next two years is to assess the needs of children aging out of these systems, along with the current availability of services, so the Commission can advocate for children transitioning to adulthood.
The TAY Committee meets the 2nd Thursday Monthly (dark in December), 3:00 – 4:30 pm, 9440 Ruffin Court, Rooms 15/16, San Diego, CA
LEAP (Leadership Empowers All Possibilities) Council
The LEAP Council is a group of current and former foster youth ages fourteen and older dedicated to creating opportunities in the community, breaking down stereotypes, developing leaders and generating winning solutions for the community and the young adult. Members of the LEAP Council will serve in a leadership role on the Transition Age Youth Committee.
LEAP Council meets the 3rd Friday monthly, 5:00 pm, location rotates monthly.
Over a six month period, LEAP Council members conducted focus groups called "speak outs" with current and former youth at Polinsky Children's Center, group homes, foster family agencies and other venues. The goal was to have youth led conversations with current and former foster youth on issues facing foster youth and recommend solutions to achieve better outcomes. The full LEAP Speak Out Report will be released in October 2011 and posted to this page for viewing and downloading.
Top Issues Expressed by Youth at Speak Outs
Disproportionality and Cross System Collaboration
These are two critical issues that cut across the Commission focus areas. Therefore, to ensure the Commission remains focused on the two issues, each Commission Committee will address disproporationality and cross system collaboration in its work with specific objectives related to reducing disproportionality and increasing collaboration.
REPORT FROM THE FAIRNESS AND EQUITY COMMITTEE - November 2010