Friday Night Live (FNL) is a statewide program that uses positive youth leadership development to address and prevent underage Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) use. The mission of FNL is to build partnerships for positive and healthy youth development, which engages youth as active leaders and resources in their communities. FNL develops the skills and competencies of the youth and adults in our communities through community based chapters that provide participants with materials, skill-building training, staff/intern support, and connection to county, region, and state-wide projects and activities.
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 one 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 — José Espinoza
FNL (high school):
Club Live (middle school):
- Gaston Middle — Zyanna Maynard
- Kerman Middle — Hilda Osuna Perez
- San Joaquin Elementary — Julio Lopez
FNL Kids (elementary school):
- Hacienda Heights & The Parks at Fig Garden — Hilda Osuna Perez
- Summer Park & Fenix Apartments — José Espinoza
Programs are open to all youth at each site — please contact the site coordinator for more information about meeting times.
Now, we are partnering with the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health to share critical information about the rise in overdoses from opioids. Watch the video and download the brochure below.