We need youth voice. Their experiences – and their brilliant visions for our collective future – have the potential to drive real change in this intense moment of social uncertainty. Our job is to ensure that they have the support, skills and resources they need to craft and implement their solutions to the issues that are impacting all of us.
Donations support our flagship programs, which help to build up youth leaders, 90% of whom are people of color and 71% of whom come from low-income communities across California – the Eastern Coachella Valley, Long Beach, Fresno, Madera, Merced, San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin. You can also contribute to our annual Youth Fund, which puts funds directly in the hands of youth to develop and implement their own social justice projects.
yli’s Policy on Donations
We welcome donations of any kind from funding streams that are aligned with our values. We seek partners and allies to our movement: individuals and entities that believe in our youth and are striving to do their part to make the world a more equitable place, not just by contributing their resources to our youth-led work, but by living out these values in their own workplaces.
We do not accept funding from foundations, individuals, or other entities that acquire their wealth by producing, promoting, selling, or investing in the following:
- Sugary-sweet beverages
- Gambling or Casinos
- Check Cashing
- Private Prisons
- Fossil Fuels
- Human Rights Violations (e.g. Employing Slave Labor/Human Trafficking, Violating Indigenous Land Rights, Reinforcing Racially Discriminatory Policies)
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