yli is more than an organization – we are a collective of human beings, many of whom are drawn from and reflect the powerful and resilient communities we serve. As a collective of social justice-minded people, we are committed to the lifelong process of dismantling the oppressive systems in which we are all embedded, both internally in our work community and externally with the communities we serve. We want to create an organization that lives up to our values and builds toward the world that we envision.

We are a work in progress, and there is always more room for growth. In an effort to model the action of social justice, we share here all of the ways we are practicing justice across our organization. Externally, we are working to:

  • Build stronger political education and curriculum around the Justice Platforms for our youth, staff and communities. 
  • Support our youth to sustain current and launch new campaigns that strategically address these Platforms.
  • Learn from, build relationships with, and participate in solidarity with other organizations and movements working on these Platforms.