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Roosevelt High Wins Best Chapter Award

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Two weeks ago, Fresno’s Roosevelt High School was recognized as Friday Night Live’s 2018 Chapter of the Year. The chapter was selected out of Friday Night Live chapters across 50 California counties, representing thousands of youth leaders across the state.

Youth Vote San Mateo County

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Young people have powerful insights on what is going on in their communities — and they are fearless in defying the status quo to push for change. However, they often miss out on a key opportunity to make their voices heard: voting. In Daly City, for example, only 14% of youth turned out at the June elections.

YLI Acquires YouthWire, A Cutting-Edge Youth Media Organization

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Youth voice in California just got LOUDER. Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) is announcing the acquisition of YouthWire, a youth media organization that produces hyper-local news content in underserved communities. YouthWire is the first statewide collaboration of youth reporters anywhere in the country. The unanimous board decision follows months of work by both organizations, our respective … Continued

YLI’s Youth Fund awards $42k to 4 youth-led projects

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The central role that youth are playing in today’s social movements is nothing new. From the beginning, they have given life to these movements with their indomitable courage and passion, fresh insights and solutions, and unique perspectives and experiences. What fluctuates is our society’s attention to — and support for — youth voice and leadership. … Continued

The Revolution Inside Me

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Cultura, Organizing, Resistance and Action (CORA), Merced’s first-ever youth leadership academy was held last month over the course of two weekends. A diverse group of 12 young people — including several system-impacted and foster youth — attended from schools in the towns of Merced and Atwater. The majority had never participated in this kind of … Continued

Forward-Looking Public Transit Plan Headed for November Ballot in San Mateo

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How about a round of applause, everyone? We deserve to congratulate ourselves. Over the last year, the Transportation Equity Allied Movement Coalition (TEAMC) along with our community partners — YOU — have been fighting the good fight to ensure that San Mateo County’s next transportation ballot measure moves for us: for youth, seniors, people with … Continued