YLI is My Story

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.

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

Everything He Said, He Lived

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YLI is My Story

Today we have no school and for a lot students that means that they can sleep in and watch endless hours of Netflix originals. But there is a name behind this “no school Monday.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., born Michael King, was an activist, minister, and leader of the civil rights movement. He … Continued

We Honor Our Leaders Through Action

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Martin Luther King Jr. day is more than a federal holiday, more than time off from school or work; it’s an opportunity to reflect on one of the world’s most compelling advocates for civil rights. Until the end of his life in 1968, King fought for the cessation of racial discrimination on both the state and … Continued

Peace and Prosperity Beyond Compare

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When those bridges on Selma were crossed, it was a turning point for the battle for civil rights. To secure liberty for all regardless of the color of their skin. Dr. King was always at the spear, risking life and limb, so that everyone can have peace and prosperity beyond compare. Despite stalling, subversion and … Continued