Through values of Community, Inclusion, Innovation, and Social Justice, YLI serves under-represented 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 26 years, YLI has worked with 80,000 youth across 220 communities. These leaders have conducted research and led campaigns that have led to 116 policy victories. YLI works toward the goal of ensuring that all youth have equal access to, and help build, healthy community environments.