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Big Tobacco in the City

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YLI is My Story

Fighting for tobacco prevention for me is crucial because young kids of color deserve better than this, they don’t need any more direct targeting by big corporations, and most important they do not need tobacco or any tobacco-related products.

YLI Stands with Oakland Teachers

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YLI is My Story

Oakland teachers are the heart of our communities, and right now, they are fighting with all their hearts simply to do the job they love. YLI will be joining school teachers on the picket line. Join us! Or click here to learn how you can support our brave teachers and students as they push forward on their historic strike to save our public schools.

Yammilette G. Rodriguez Receives the 2019 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

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Campaign Victories

On February 11th it was announced that Central Valley Senior Director of Programs Yammilette  Rodriguez was awarded the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. These awards, “recognize and support individuals who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues” and provide a $250,000 investment in the work.

Walking our Paths: We’Ced Releases its 7th Youth-Led Publication

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Campaign Victories

On Saturday, the Merced Sun-Star delivered copies of Walking our Paths to communities across the county. This is We’Ced Youth Media’s 7th such publication, featuring the stories of young people, but with a very special twist. The entire publication was produced by the young people themselves.

When There Wasn’t Space for Us, We Made our Own: New YLI Office Opens in Coachella!

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Campaign Victories, YLI is My Story

This week we are welcoming young people and our community to join us in celebrating the opening of the new Youth Leadership Institute Eastern Coachella Valley (ECV) office. This ECV office will house our two local programs, Coachella Unincorporated and ¡Que Madre! Media Collective. This is the first time in more than four years we … Continued

Supreme Court Decisions Affect Real Lives

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YLI is My Story

We know that decisions on policy aren’t just on paper – they have very real impacts on individuals and, by extension, communities.  This is one reason we work with youth to influence policy, so that they can have power over their own and their communities’ lived reality.   With this lens, we were heartened earlier … Continued

King Made Me Feel Like I Had Power

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YLI is My Story

Martin Luther King Jr Day is an important holiday for me. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for everything he had to get equality for his people. King was so dedicated to his cause he marched for it,  delivered speeches for it, even got arrested for it, even died for it. When I was in elementary … Continued