Friday Night Live (FNL) is a statewide organization that addresses underage substance abuse. At yli, we take a social justice lens to the work, shifting the focus from individual behaviors to the larger patterns of injustice that target young, low-income people of color and encourage unhealthy behaviors. By helping youth identify issues in their communities, conduct research, and implement media and policy campaigns, yli doesn’t simply deter young people from substance abuse – we help to shape powerful advocates who create lasting change in their communities.
Half Moon Bay currently has two programs at Half Moon Bay High School and Cunha Intermediate School. Most of these youth hail from working-class communities, immigrant families, and first-generation college backgrounds. They advocate for safe and healthy environments, and work on policies that benefit youth.
Friday Night Live Coastside Youth Council
Youth in Half Moon Bay High School work on Social Norms Campaigns, which challenge young people’s perceptions around underage drinking. By collecting input from their peers through surveys and other research tools, youth show that drinking isn’t nearly as prevalent as it seems and use positive messaging to encourage healthy activities. Through this process, youth gain leadership, community building, and networking skills.
Below is Friday Night Live Coastside Youth Council’s most recent positive social norms campaign, showing youth choosing healthier alternatives to alcohol.
Read the FNL Youth Development Survey here to learn about youth’s experience in the program.
Interested in joining?
Half Moon Bay High School students are invited to join our meetings every Thursday from 4 to 5pm via zoom – you can sign up here!! For more information at Half Moon Bay High School, contact Rubi Salazar: [email protected].