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This Work is Rooted in Who I Am

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An interview with Andrea Gil, youth leader in San Francisco’s Community Action Model I am Bits and Pieces, Blended My family is complex. I don’t have one identity. I have bits and pieces of different identities. Both of my parents are from El Salvador – my mom is first generation, my dad was born there … Continued

YLI’s 120th Policy Win Wipes Juvenile Fees from the Books

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When a critical new law is passed, we celebrate. There’s that flood of relief, that flush of jubilation, punctuated by cheers, tears, and hugs all around. Those of us who have spent months, years, decades fighting for change – taking surveys, holding community meetings, meeting with decision-makers, staging rallies, collecting signatures and endorsement letters, and … Continued

YLI’s 119th Policy Win Means Jobs for Fresno Youth

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“There is no way to get out if there is nothing to do. That was my personal connection, the increasing gang violence, and what it has done to my community….Youth want to work, and they need work.” –Jaylin White, Fresno Youth Commission Youth unemployment means something different depending on where you are. In affluent communities, … Continued

These are the Solutions: An Interview with Lola Amador

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Lola Amador is a senior at Independent Study School in Marin and serves on the Marin County Youth Commission. The tragic events at Parkland ignited her organizing efforts on gun control, and she has participated in a series of actions to elevate the issue and ensure meaningful legislation is passed. On March 14th, she took … Continued

Conversations about Affordable Housing: OTT Recap

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“The conversations about housing are critical at this time because we are really at the risk of losing the fabric of our communities.” –Fahad Qurashi, YLI Senior Director of Programs        Dialogue about the housing crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area is ongoing. Research has been conducted, articles have been published, protests … Continued

Queens and Kings: Daya’s Poem

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Queens and Kings –by Daya Smith-Mojica U see i tried to build myself back up because i didn’t like who i saw in the mirror but as i tried to fix a broken image i had to come to terms that this is what i’ve created i’ve created a reflection of manifestation manifesting everything i’ve … Continued

We Stand with the Dreamers

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Dear YLI friends and family, It is with conflicted heart that I write you in response to the ongoing politics in Washington, D.C. as it relates to the 800,000 young people who are part of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The truth is, DACA impacts all of us, regardless of our immigration status. The undocumented … Continued

B.L.I.N.G. Funds 7 Youth-Led Social Justice Initiatives

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“It is really important for people that are going through struggles to come together and try to organize and work things out.” – B.L.I.N.G. Spring 2017 Grantee On Thursday, January 18th, B.L.I.N.G. youth grantmakers held their Grantee Kick-Off, celebrating 7 new youth-led social justice initiatives in San Francisco. B.L.I.N.G. (Building Leaders in Innovative New Giving) … Continued