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Youth Philanthropy – Youth and adults catalyzing giving to support youth development and impact community change.

Health Equity – Youth and adults addressing inequity through data driven recommendations and policy solutions impacting schools, communities, and the city.

B.L.I.N.G. (Youth Philanthropy)

Building Leaders in Innovative New Giving (BLING) is YLI’s newest youth philanthropy program in San Francisco. BLING is using a social justice model which aims to engage youth in critical thinking to fund and support youth-led projects that directly address important issues and inequities affecting San Francisco youth and their communities. BLING engages youth leaders ages 13 – 17 interested in building youth power to address inequities through philanthropic giving. This strategy is led through popular education approaches, meaningful youth-led action research, and decision making that is accountable to youth across SF. Together, youth grantmakers and youth program officers fund $60,000 annually in two grant cycles. In addition, BLING program officers work directly with funded projects to ensure their impact and sustainability.

Learn more about BLING on the Minigrants 4 Youth page.

For more information contact: Erika Céspedes, ecespedes@yli.org.

HOPE SF Youth Leadership Project (Health Equity)

HOPE SF is the nation’s first large-scale public housing revitalization project to prioritize current residents while also investing in high-quality, sustainable housing and broad scale community development. HOPE SF Youth Leadership Project (HOPE SF YLP) engages youth ages 15 – 19 interested in shaping the redevelopment and community building processes to re-envision the lives of youth across HOPE SF sites. The HOPE SF YLP enhances our youth-led action research strategy to train youth leaders to engage with their peers, site leaders, and Initiative partners to prioritize the needs and wellbeing of youth across all public housing sites through a policy lens. The HOPE SF YLP engages youth through a culturally-relevant, safe, and accessible space to raise young people’s consciousness, develop their leadership skills, enable them to listen deeply to their peers and other residents through research, and help them engage meaningfully with HOPE SF Site Leaders with data driven recommendations to support community wide policy solutions.

HOPE SF on the YLI Blog

For more information contact: Erika Céspedes ecespedes@yli.org

Community Action Model Youth Leadership Project (Health Equity: Tobacco Prevention)

Community Action Model Youth Leadership Project (CAM YLP) engages transitional age youth ages 18 – 24 interested in health equity and making a positive change in their communities. The CAM YLP cultivates our youth-led action research strategy to support youth to frame the issue of inequity in their community, research the issue, develop data driven recommendations to support a sustainable citywide policy solution to improve health outcomes. The CAM YLP, formerly Tobacco Use Reduction Force (TURF), is focused on unhealthy messages in the communities most impacted by unhealthy advertising – to both shift the norms in communities and improve healthy outcomes for communities of color.

CAM and TURF on the YLI Blog

For more information contact: Erika Céspedes ecespedes@yli.org

San Francisco Friday Night Live Network (Health Equity: Underage Alcohol Prevention)

San Francisco Friday Night Live Network (SF FNL) is a citywide network of chapters comprised of middle and high school aged youth and adult partners engaged as active leaders and resources in their communities. The SF FNL Chapters implement community change projects and are supported by YLI staff to ensure chapters are aligned with the Standards of Practice and Operating Principles of chapters across the 52 counties in California. Our SF FNL Network builds upon our youth-led action research strategy in order to develop community change projects based in data driven recommendations that seek to implement sustainable change. Current SF FNL Chapters include Questioning Unspoken Underage Drinking (QUAAD) out of Thurgood Marshall High School and Washington Positive Peer Pressure (WPX3) out of George Washington High School – both chapters are working to reduce the prevalence of underage drinking and focus on changing norms by working with peers to expose perceptions and realities of underage drinking and uses positive social norming approaches through media campaigns highlighting positive peer pressure.

For more information contact: Patricia Barahona pbarahona@yli.org

San Francisco Alcohol Prevention Coalition (Health Equity: Underage Alcohol Prevention)

San Francisco Alcohol Prevention Coalition is a multi-generational coalition of youth and adults. Together, they are changing the conditions and norms in our neighborhoods that make alcohol readily available and desirable for underage youth. YLI leaders staff the coalition which supports our coalition building strategy to engage a diverse set of partners to create an agenda to lead change through a policy lens. The Coalition leverages specific neighborhood campaigns youth and adults are leading in their specific communities in an effort to build a unified agenda to improve health for our youth, families, and communities facing the oversaturation of alcohol density in San Francisco. The Coalition leaders are working towards solutions that increase healthy opportunities for youth and their families and decrease unhealthy impacts of alcohol in their communities.

For more information contact: Patricia Barahona pbarahona@yli.org