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.
In Fresno, youth-led campaigns have led to critical policy wins that protect youth and communities of color from predatory marketing. Most recently, after an 8-year campaign, yli FNL youth claimed victory with the passing of The Responsible Neighborhood Market Act, which limits the number of liquor licenses that can be obtained by local markets. In parts of Fresno – which has gained notoriety as the “drunkest city in America” – there is 1 liquor store for every 500 residents, which is five times more than recommended by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Fresno FNL sites are headed up by the following yli staff:
- Fresno Pacific University — Hilda Osuna
FNL (high school):
Club Live (middle school):
FNL Kids (elementary school):
- Hacienda Heights & The Parks at Fig Garden — Hilda Osuna
- Summer Park & Fenix Apartments — Hilda Osuna
Programs are open to all youth at each site — please contact the site coordinator for more information about meeting times.