YLI is My Story

Reconciliation and the Revolution

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YLI is My Story

“To me, this memorial doesn’t call forth anger, but pain, anguish, and most importantly, critical thought- if this is our truth, we must face it; and then, what must my action be?” A reflection by YLI CEO, Jon Marker, on the Equal Justice Initiative Museum & Memorial Opening in Montgomery, Alabama. Walking through Kelly Ingram Park, … Continued

YLI Partners with Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands to Activate Youth Leaders in Monterey County

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YLI is My Story

Last month, girls and their adult allies from across Monterey County gathered for a 3-day intensive training with the Youth Leadership Institute to enhance their leadership skills. They are participants in Girls Health in Girls Hands, a girl-led movement that empowers girls to have a voice in their own healthcare. The training came at an … Continued

It’s Just Our Time

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YLI is My Story

“…it was the unwavering focus and commitment to actions in our present that I found most compelling, and have been unable to shake.” A reflection by YLI CEO, Jon Marker, on the Equal Justice Initiative Museum & Memorial Opening in Montgomery, Alabama. This past month, I found myself in Montgomery, Alabama at a celebration hosted … Continued

This Work is Rooted in Who I Am

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YLI is My Story

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

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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YLI is My Story

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