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.
Our youth have led policy wins and media campaigns, such as the successful Sticker Shock Campaign, which partnered with the local FoodsCo. to hold a press conference and label packs of alcohol with warning stickers to educate adults about underage drinking. The story was aired on the local TV station, ABC 30 Action News, as well as The Fresno Bee.
Fresno FNL sites are headed up by the following YLI staff:
FNL (college): Fresno Pacific University — Cynthia Sapien
FNL (high school):
- Roosevelt High School, Sunnyside High School — Bao Moua
- Gateway High School — Johnny Mendez
- Kerman High School, Selma High School — LJ
- Edison High School — José Espinoza
Club Live (middle school): Gaston Middle School, Kerman Middle School — LJ
FNL Kids (elementary school): Hacienda Heights, Summer Park, Fenix Apartments — Cynthia Sapien
Teen Night Transformation Team: Bethany Inner City Church — José Espinoza
Programs are open to all youth at each site — please contact the site coordinator for more information about meeting times.