Connecting with Youth Leaders at the 2016 San Mateo County Youth Conference

On March 19th, Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) staff  joined over a dozen community partners at the College of San Mateo in connecting with our youth leaders at the 2016 San Mateo County Youth Conference: Change Starts with Us: Find Your Path to Make a Change! During the conference lunch hour, ODE staff provided information on behavioral health resources and engaged youth in our “Be the One” campaign which invites everyone to share how they will “be the one” to end stigma and discrimination to those with mental health conditions. Fifteen youth and young adults participated in our “Be the One” campaign by submitting a postcard pledge or participating in our “Be the One” photo booth where they took a picture with their personalized pledge on how they want to end stigma.

Youth Conf 2016

L-R: Phillip Chen (ODE), Youth Commission Program Coordinator Ana Avendano and Sylvia Leung (ODE).

To learn more about the 2016 Youth Conference, visit

To learn more about how you can help end stigma, visit

To view our “Be the One” photo booth pledges, visit