María Schindler

New Podcast addresses Public Transit in San Mateo County

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YLI is My Story

In this new podcast, YLI Program Directors Fahad and Montzerrat discuss the history of public transit in San Mateo County and how improvements can benefit us economically, socially and environmentally. They also share the challenges to access and affordability of public transit that our community faces, and how they are bringing together youth, schools and decision-makers … Continued

The Grass IS Greener: A Tour of Fresno’s Neighborhoods

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YLI is My Story

The grass really IS greener on the north side of Fresno. Parks and school campuses are open and inviting, unfettered by chain-link fences. There are public pools, tantalizing in scorching Fresno heat. Sidewalks are clean and smooth, bordering houses with sprawling lawns, cafes, restaurants, and stores with sparkling windows. Landscaped bike paths lead from this side … Continued

Marin County Youth Commissioners Policy Win Reduces Youth Drug Use

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Campaign Victories

Last month, yli celebrated its 103rd policy win! The Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to enhance the Social Host Ordinance (SHO), which holds adults responsible for underage alcohol and drug use in their households whether or not the adults are present. The amendment included adding marijuana to the language, expanding locations to include party buses … Continued

The San Mateo County Youth Commission Gets it Done!

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YLI is My Story

The San Mateo County Youth Commission gets it done! From the environment and immigration, to digital privacy and the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, 25 youth commissioners between the ages 14-21 addressed the critical issues affecting our communities. With special assistance from Supervisor Carole Groom’s office and the San Mateo County Health System, we … Continued

YLI Celebrates Jenny Lee’s Four Years of Youth Leadership

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YLI is My Story

“My journey throughout Washington [High School] has transformed me. I remember my first day, when I was a bit nervous, shy, and lost, surrounded by red lockers and heather grey hallways, I had no idea where the gym was, nor my next English class. Despite my struggles, I soon found more opportunities to grow from … Continued

Partner Spotlight: Pilarcitos High Principal Bechar

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YLI is My Story

“I value Pilarcitos High School’s partnership with YLI and hope it continues for many years to come.” -Rajan Bechar, Pilarcitos High Principal Rajan Bechar wants his students to build 21st century workforce skills, and he thinks leadership development is the way. As principal of  Pilarcitos High School, an alternative school in Half Moon Bay, Bechar … Continued

Remembering Neng

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YLI is My Story

Dear YLI Community: We are beyond sad to announce that an incredible youth leader, Neng Thao, passed away this past Saturday, May 20. Neng was 18 years old, preparing to graduate as valedictorian of Edison High School, and was active in Fresno Boys and Men of Color, Fresno Youth Commission, and started his school’s Hmong Club. … Continued

Successful 1st ever statewide Youth Commission Convening

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Campaign Victories

“The Youth Commission Convention was one of the most impactful things I’ve done as a part of Marin County Youth Commission.” Ethan Strull shared this reflection during the closing activity of the final Marin County Youth Commission (MCYC) meeting of the year. Ethan currently serves as the co-chair for MCYC and sat on the planning … Continued