Friday Night Live (FNL) is a statewide youth development program that builds youth as active leaders and resources in their communities by addressing topics like substance abuse. At YLI, we take a social justice lens to the work, shifting focus from individual behaviors to the larger patterns of environmental injustice that target young, low-income people of color and encourage unhealthy behaviors and negative stereotypes.
Youth learn to identify issues in their communities, conduct research, and implement media education campaigns, which helps shape powerful advocates who can create lasting change in their communities. For example, youth-led media campaigns have highlighted that far fewer young people drink alcohol than is commonly perceived, and that demographics can strongly influence a young person’s decision whether to drink.
Current San Francisco FNL Chapters include Mission’s Positive Agents for Community Transformation (MPACT), based at Mission High School, and Washington Positive Peer Pressure (WPX3), based at George Washington High School. Youth share results of their research through media education campaigns — like posters they design and share with other youth at their school — to provide positive peer pressure to encourage healthy behaviors.
Interested in joining? High school students (9th-12th grade) at Mission and George Washington are welcome to join our meetings. Youth receive a stipend for consistent participation in the program. The program meets weekly on campus for 1½ hours.