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Through values of Community, Inclusion, Innovation, and Social Justice, YLI serves non-traditional youth leaders of whom 90% are people of color and 71% are from low-income communities. We operate programs across California’s Central Valley, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties and also provide Training and Consulting Services nationally and internationally to more than 200 communities.

Over the past 25 years, YLI has worked with 80,000 youth across 200 communities. These leaders have conducted research and led campaigns that have led to 42 policy victories. YLI works toward the goal of ensuring that all youth have equal access to, and help build, healthy community environments.

Learn about YLI’s long history of youth leadership development in the 2011 publication YLI: 20 Years of Innovation & Action (PDF).

YLI is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, registered in the State of California. Our most recent 990 Federal Tax Return and Annual Audit are available here for download.