YLI is My Story

Pieces Of Me

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YLI is My Story

I had no idea that being born to a Mexican Mother and a Black father would make my experience in the valley one that would teach me a lot about myself, and how I would see the world. But it did. I remember being enrolled in elementary school, and how accepting and welcoming the other students were of my differences. They never made me feel weird or bad, they just simply accepted me for me. It wasn’t until middle school that I was met with issues about my race.

Reflecting On Black History Month Illustrations

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YLI is My Story

As you probably know, February is Black History Month, a month where famous and influential black members of society are recognized and celebrated. Back in January, Kody, our Program Manager with The kNOw, asked me if I would be interested in doing illustrations that celebrate famous and less well-known leaders in the African American community for Black History Month. I gladly accepted, and I’m glad I did.

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.

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