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Letter from Board Chair Brandon Brown

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Dear Youth Leadership Institute Community: I’m writing today to announce an important leadership transition at the Youth Leadership Institute. After four years of committed service as our CEO, Jon Marker is stepping down as the CEO of our organization as he looks to pursue the next stage of his career and life. Jon’s leadership and … Continued

Letter from CEO Jon Marker

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Dear Friends: The month of June marks a transition at Youth Leadership Institute as our programs wind down a year of campaigns, events and youth voice across California. Today, I am also announcing my own upcoming transition and will be leaving my role at Youth Leadership Institute this July. Thank you. Thank you for all … Continued

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

Begin at the Beginning: New Merced Office Gears up to Listen and Learn

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On Wednesday, February 28th, YLI will be expanding our offices for the first time in 14 years! This expansion celebrates the incredible work of YLI’s youth, communities, and staff over our 27 years to include youth voice in local decision-making.  The strength of our youth leadership programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and Fresno County have paved … Continued

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

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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 Wins Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award

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YLI started the year off with a bang. YLI was honored to receive the Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence award from the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership at its annual Heart of Marin event on January 12. In addition, two of our incredible youth leaders, Jose Gomez and Noah Block, also received Youth Volunteer awards. … Continued