Congratulations on this accomplishment, YLI Central Valley! YLI was recently featured in Medium News in honor of this event. Read highlights below or access Medium’s article, “Fresno City Youth Commission Will Bring ‘Fresh Ideas’”.
“The program is an example of youth advocating for youth as Fresno Boys and Men of Color led the advocating efforts to bring youth representation to the council.”
“The Youth Commission was championed by councilwoman Esmeralda Soria and councilman Oliver Banes III. Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) won the contract to run the program.”
“The youth commission program is funded for the next 2 years; the city has allocated $100,000 to the Youth Leadership Institute to oversee and manage the commission.”
“Marissa Vang, 16, applied and is excited for the chance to be a part of the council. Vang says she wants to represent more than just the youth perspective to the council.“
““I am applying for the Fresno Youth Commission to help represent not just the youth in Fresno but the Hmong community as well.”“