YLI utilizes our field-tested youth engagement and skill building strategies to develop innovative trainings and tools. At YLI, we believe cultivating engaged and dynamic young people today will lead to a more equitable and sustainable society.

Training and Consulting is part of YLI’s unique organizational model for developing and advancing community change to benefit youth. We deliver professional, innovative, and capacity building training and tools to young people, youth programs, practitioners, policymakers, foundations, public institutions, researchers, and other stakeholders nationally and internationally. We tailor our services to build the capacity of organizations of all sizes and areas of focus. To develop a more equitable and sustainable society of tomorrow, we must cultivate dynamic and engaged young people today.

Where YLI Has Trained

Training Services

To ensure the highest quality experience, YLI customizes our training and consulting services to meet your group’s unique needs. Our trainings are interactive and incorporate a wide range of training tools and techniques to accommodate diverse learning styles. Trainings can be adapted for youth, adults, or youth and adult groups.

Topics include:

  • Foundations of Youth Development
  • Leadership Development
    • Youth Serving on Boards of Directors
    • Youth Leadership Summit
    • Youth Advocacy Council Training
  • Amplifying Student Voice in the Classroom
  • Organizational Development for Youth Participation
  • Youth-led Action Research & Advocacy
    • Photovoice
  • Environmental Strategies for Positive Social Change
  • Policy Advocacy
    • Strategic Action Planning for Campaigns and Programs
    • Media Advocacy
  • Program Evaluation Strategies

Organizational Services

We will work with you to develop foundational professional development, coaching, and capacity building services. Our skilled trainers partner with you to optimize your resources and staff in supporting authentic youth engagement.

Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA)

CMCA is a nationally recognized program that uses community-organizing strategies to reduce youth access to alcohol by changing community policies and practices. YLI is the exclusive national trainer for CMCA. Learn more here..

Topics include:

  • Train-the-trainer
  • Community and Team Building
  • Consulting and Coaching
  • Workshop Development
  • Curriculum Development


Training to Support LGBTQ+ Youth

This training will dive into best practices on how to support and work with LGBTQ and gender nonconforming youth. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the basic concepts of gender and sexuality and how to best support LGBTQ+ youth. This training will focus on the specific needs of LGBTQ+ youth and how to build more LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces. This workshop will be interactive and will provide participants with an opportunity to run through common scenarios and practice intervening in homophobic and transphobic situations. If desired, space can be made during the workshop to address any specific situations your staff is encountering.

Cursos en español

YLI is proud to offer culturally competent monolingual Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English trainings, ensuring that coalition members, volunteers, parents, and youth feel welcomed and empowered to make changes in their communities.

El Instituto Liderazgo ofrece cursos en español. Para mas informacíon, mande un correo electronico a Yammilette Rodriguez:  yrodriguez@yli.org


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