Christina Smith

Gender-Neutral Restrooms in San Marin High School

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Campaign Victories

“Everyone should be able to be who they want to be.” – San Marin High School Student For the last two years, youth in Novato have been working with students and school administration on improving their school climate. As part of their research last year, the Friday Night Live chapter at San Marin High School, … Continued

YLI CAM Advocates Celebrate an Impactful Campaign

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YLI is My Story

“CAM taught me that us–the youth–have a voice and we can actually make a difference in our communities. I value my CAM because they are my support system, but most importantly they are the true definition of a family.” – Eli Jimenez, CAM Advocate Youth Leadership Institute’s Community Action Model advocates have reached the culmination … Continued

Montzerrat, Social Justice Advocate and Visionary Leader

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YLI is My Story

“If I were to imagine a better world, it would be one where we recognize the humanity of people and see value in them regardless of the background they carry.” Montzerrat (Montze) Garcia Bedolla is a leader who deeply values community, social justice and health equity. She began her career with YLI in 2015 and … Continued

YLI 25 Celebrates 102 Policy Wins and 86,000 Youth Served

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Our History

On September 22, 2016, the YLI 25 gala celebrated 25 years of youth leading and creating social change. This was the biggest fundraiser in the organization’s history with over $125,000 raised to invest in youth leaders. Nearly 300 people joined the celebration, including 90 youth who traveled from as far away as Fresno.  The gala was held in the beautiful SOMArts … Continued

YLI Alum Edith Martinez Shows How YLI Opened Doors

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YLI is My Story

“The skills, opportunity, and experience that YLI offers help to motivate youth so much. You can be heard and you can be political at any age. You don’t have to be scared that you will be shut down for having a different idea. You can make a change.” Edith Martinez is a YLI alumna and … Continued