Policies We Support

As our young people identify community issues and push forward policies at the local level, their efforts are shaped by and help to shape advocacy at the state level and beyond. It is critical that yli have a voice in and show our support for policies that impact our youth, and stand in solidarity with partners whose work aligns with our values.

yli Youth-Led Policy

Establish a pilot program to develop methods to mitigate the harm to youth and adolescents caused by modern social media platform design.

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Establishes a commission to investigate social media companies and make recommendations to prevent mental health impacts on children and adolescents.

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2024 Endorsements

Ensuring equitable community representation and improved decision-making within county Juvenile Justice Coordinating Councils.

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Assisting incarcerated people to apply for CalFresh benefits up to 90 days before their release to better prepare them for reentry.

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Ensures youth in foster care and those experiencing homelessness have access to critical educational support and services.

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Ensuring access to criminal justice data and requiring law enforcement to share reports with attorneys investigating racial discrimination and bias in criminal proceedings.

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Requiring local education agencies to create policies that use a public health approach, rather than suspensions and expulsions, for drug related infractions.

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Ensuring that all Californians have access to preventive health care that is comprehensive, inclusive, and affordable.

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Promote greater inclusivity in higher education and provide much-needed support to 2SLGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff at both public and private colleges and universities across the state.

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Requiring the Board of Parole Hearings to consider a person’s entire criminal history when making parole decisions, and revoking Post-release Community Supervision upon someone’s third violation of supervision terms.

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Connecting people experiencing behavioral health crises to the appropriate care facilities such as crisis stabilization units and sobering centers.

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Streamlining the process for converting unused skilled nursing facilities to behavioral health facilities, in response to the increased need for behavioral health facilities in the state.

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Ensuring comprehensive and holistic health care by requiring health plans and insurers to reimburse providers for mental health and substance use services.

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Reducing drug addiction and recidivism by ensuring formerly incarcerated people have access to healthcare, supportive services, and substance use treatment.

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Expanding opportunities for juvenile court school students to stay in high school and take advantage of additional educational opportunities.

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Safeguarding the integrity of Restorative Justice processes by allowing participants to speak freely without fear of repercussion.

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Calling on California to protect survivors by limiting mandatory requirements for healthcare providers to notify law enforcement of violent injuries, and instead offer referrals to domestic and sexual violence services.

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2023 Endorsements

Calling on California to provide collaborative, restorative, community and health-based services for young people, and ensure equitable representation and decision-making within county oversight bodies.

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Calling on California to prohibit the transfer of all children, including those charged with homicide, to adult criminal court in cases where the offense was committed against a child’s abuser or trafficker.

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Calling on California to improve California’s parole process, ensuring that parole applicants are receiving fair and unbiased consideration at their parole hearings.

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Calling on California to protect our communities and our planet by OPPOSING bills that expand and de-regulate telecoms companies.

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Calling on California to ensure that Californians are not excluded from benefiting from criminal justice reforms because of where they were born.

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Calling on California to establish personal visits for incarcerated people as a limited civil right, rather than a privilege.

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Calling on California to end the use of involuntary servitude as a means of punishing crime.

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Calling on California to protect survivors ‚Äď particularly Black and brown women, youth, queer, or transgender victims ‚Äď by ensuring access to all legal remedies that lead to healing and a fresh start for them and their families.

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Calling on California to improve emergency response systems by establishing a program for the collection and analysis of 911 emergency call and dispatch data.

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Calling on California to ensure that foster youth can participate in extracurricular and enrichment activities by requiring the utilization of all available funding and increasing accountability measures under existing laws.

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Calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to save California’s hospitals.

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Calling on California to protect survivors by limiting mandatory requirements for healthcare providers to notify law enforcement of violent injuries, and instead offer referrals to domestic and sexual violence services.

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Calling on California to ensure that incarcerated parents are placed in the correctional facility as close to a child’s home as possible.

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Calling on elected leaders to eliminate flavored tobacco products.

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Calling on California to remove academic barriers to financial aid for higher education.

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Calling on California to expand financial aid for higher education for foster youth.

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Calling on California to improve housing affordability for more than 3,300 foster youth.

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Calling for an immediate end to politically motivated rhetoric leading to harassment and threats on democratically elected officials and community leaders – especially Black women -in Oakland and beyond.

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2022 Endorsements

Calling on Californians to fight and prevent wildfires, expand EV charging infrastructure, and provide subsidies to make EVs more affordable.

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Calling on Gov Gavin Newsom to protect the privacy of formerly incarcerated people.

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Calling on California to direct $16 million for on-campus student support programs specifically for low-income, underserved, first-generation Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) students to increase higher education retention and attainment.

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Calling on California to end the use of involuntary servitude as a means of punishing crime.

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Calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to ensure access to high quality tutoring and after school enrichment for the students most impacted by the pandemic.

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Calling on California to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce toxic air pollution, bolster energy resilience, and support green jobs.

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Calling on California to establish a new,
13 person student advisory commission for the California State Board of Education.

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Calling on California to preserve cannabis revenues as a critical funding stream for children living in poverty, children of color, and communities impacted by the War on Drugs.

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Calling on California to protect students from unnecessary contact with the criminal justice system by eliminating mandatory law enforcement notifications for student behavior.

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Calling on California to implement a Youth Bill of Rights, ensuring that all incarcerated youth understand their basic human rights that already exist under the law.

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Calling on California to ensure pregnant people, children, and people with disabilities can access health care services by eliminating their monthly Medi-Cal premiums.

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2021 Endorsements

Calling on the California Health and Human Services Agency to reduce by at least half racial disparities in childhood chronic diseases by 2030.

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Requesting a state audit to examine California law enforcement’s effectiveness and efficiency to reveal opportunities for community-based alternatives.

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Removing a clause in California’s Constitution that allows the practice of involuntary servitude as a means of punishing crime.

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Calling on California’s Assembly Committee on Budget to appropriate $5.3 million for¬†desperately needed capital improvements to Camp Fresno in the Sierra National Forest.

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Setting aside funds in CA’s budget for community organizations providing after school learning & enrichment to youth most impacted by the pandemic.

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Increasing minimum standards so that all new California police officers must be either 25 years of age or have a bachelor’s degree.

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2020 Endorsements

Ensuring that Caltrain continues to serve as the backbone of our public transportation system from San Jose to San Francisco.

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Giving 17-year olds who will be 18 by the next general election the right to vote in primary and special elections.

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to Californians who have completed their prison term.

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Addressing discrimination against women and people of color in hiring, employment, contracting, and education.

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Raising billions for schools & local governments by increasing property taxes on big business.

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Calling on CA decision-makers to prohibit the retail sale of flavored tobacco products to address an unprecedented surge in youth nicotine consumption.

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Calling on Gov. Newsom to sign AB 1460, requiring undergraduates of California State Universities (CSUs) to complete a minimum of one three-unit course in Ethnic Studies.

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Calling on California decision-makers to ensure that state funds are invested in youth development and equity.

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Calling on city, state, and federal governments to abolish policing as we currently understand it. We must divest from excessive, brutal, and discriminatory policing and invest in a vision of community safety that works for everyone, not just an elite few.

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Calling on Gov. Newsom to rescind his new plan for Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) realignment, which will profoundly undermine our vision of transforming CA’s juvenile justice system and do nothing to promote the health and well-being of CA’s youth.

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Calling on state representatives to establish the California Youth Empowerment Commission Рthe first statewide advisory body to the government comprised solely of youth. 

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Support ABC’s proposed emergency rule to issue immediate temporary suspensions of the licenses of any alcohol outlet engaging in gross violation of public health and safety.

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Calling on the Senate Labor Committee to protect our domestic workers by including them in California’s Occupational Health and Safety Protections.

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Calling on California Governor Gavin Newsom and state legislators to prioritize youth in the upcoming 2020-21 state budget.

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Calling on state and local officials to suspend all juvenile system fees and fines for at least the duration of this public health and economic crisis.

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Assembly Bill 2835 ensures that people leaving prison can apply for employment, housing, Medi-Cal, Cal Fresh and other benefits and services that require a CAl ID.

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Calling on California policymakers to enact emergency measures to protect nonprofits, so we can continue to serve our communities, protect public health, and support our employees.

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Community-based organizations across California’s Central Valley, are calling for bold, decisive and swift action on the part of our public officials to ensure that residents are able to remain in their homes.

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As the Coronavirus spreads, many working people are at risk of losing wages and even their jobs. Call on business leaders and public officials to protect workers!

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It is critical that we all make our voices heard. Here are some resources to empower you to exercise your right to vote.

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2019 Endorsements

Ensuring that all CA students have access to a high-quality education.

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SB 130 would create a Higher Education Performance, Accountability, and Coordination Commission – a statewide higher education coordinating body to provide oversight, accountability, and resources to support students across California.

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In response to a sham community process for hiring the new Fresno Police Chief, we are calling for a commitment to implement a community policing philosophy with authentic community engagement.

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Young people are taking action and advocating for solutions to the urgent issues of our time. It’s time they have a voice Рand a vote. ACA 8 will lower the voting age in California to 17 years old.

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Improves student outcomes and encourages schools to adopt alternatives to suspensions

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