A core belief of Youth Leadership Institute is that there can only be true justice and community change if those most affected are a part of decision-making. Young people must have a place “at the table” in order to make our communities places where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. It is yli’s job to run programs and trainings to make sure that young people are included at the table as often as possible so that youth voice will shape the future we are building together.
Our youth, and particularly our youth of color, are experiencing the impacts of COVID-19 in the most direct and immediate ways. So, we’re adapting our programs to provide support, structure and continuity to their days. We’re getting them groceries, clean drinking water, and WiFi hotspots for school and work. We’re connecting them to each other, to adult allies, and to other partners who can provide additional resources.
We need youth voice right now. Their experiences – and their brilliant visions for our collective future – have the potential to drive real change in this intense moment of social uncertainty. By ensuring that they get what they need to stay healthy and connected, we’ll be able to continue to help them lift up their voices, and craft and implement their solutions to the issues that are impacting all of us.
Contributions to yli go directly to our flagship programs that serve our youth leaders, of whom 90% are people of color and 71% are from low-income communities across California’s Eastern Coachella Valley, Long Beach, Central Valley, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo.
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