As a member of the yli Nutritional Food Group, I was given the opportunity to analyze the issue of food in the community and work towards an actionable result. This experience opened my eyes to the landscape and changed my relationship with food.
Maurice Ross, Alumni

yli is a recognized pioneer at the forefront of Youth-led Participatory Action Research (YPAR), an innovative approach to positive youth and community development rooted in social justice principles. Using YPAR, yli trains young people to conduct research to improve their lives, their communities, and the institutions intended to serve them. In the process, youth gain skills in critical thinking, research techniques, and data analysis, while being supported by a community of adult allies who serve as mentors.