In 2003, the County of Fresno approached yli to establish a local office — yli’s first outside of the Bay Area. Since then, yli’s Fresno office has blossomed, supporting thousands of youth to build powerful social justice campaigns that address the unique needs of both urban and rural communities.

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Timeline of Wins in Fresno

February 18, 2021 · 

Zero Fare Clean Air

The Fresno City Council voted to approve the Zero Fare Clean Act (ZFCA) on a 5-2 vote on Thursday, February 18th, 2021.

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May 14, 2019 · 

Fresno’s Responsible Neighborhood Market Ordinance Passes 6-0

On May 2nd, after 7 years of passionate advocacy, commitment, faith, and love, City Council passed in a unanimous vote the Responsible Neighborhood Market Ordinance, which will cap the number of liquor licenses in Fresno, especially in Black and Brown communities of central and south parts of the city.

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May 13, 2019 · 

First Madera Youth Commission Sworn In

On April 3rd, 5 young people were officially sworn-in to serve on the very first term of the newly established City-Wide Youth Commission. This is an historic moment in the history of the City of Madera, demonstrating City Hall’s commitment to including youth at the decision-making table.

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May 4, 2018 · 

Selma Passes Policy for Smoke-Free Parks

April 2, 2018 · 

Fresno County Adopts SB 190 that Reduces Juvenile Justice Fees

March 30, 2018 · 

City Council Creates Youth Jobs Task Force

June 5, 2017 · 

Smoke-Free Parks Kerman Passes

November 2, 2016 · 

Tobacco-Free Parks Adopted in Kerman

July 30, 2016 · 

Fresno Civic Engagement Task Force Includes Two Youth Seats

May 22, 2016 · 

Fresno Business Council Reserves Seat for Fresno Youth Commission

January 3, 2016 · 

Fresno Amends Code to Reduce Alcohol Signage in Stores

August 30, 2015 · 

Resolution to Reduce Alcohol Saturation

May 8, 2013 · 

Fresno Unified Adopts Restorative Justice Pilot Program

In June 2012, YLI’s Fresno office started facilitating a collaborative effort of several youth development organizations working to increase student attendance and achievement, entitled Students United to Create a Climate of Engagement, Support and Safety (SUCCESS). The SUCCESS team utilizes the YLI youth development, youth action research and youth advocacy frameworks to improve local school … Continued

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October 30, 2007 · 

City of Mendota Passes Social Host Ordinance

October 30, 2007 · 

Fresno County Social Host Ordinance Adopted

March 30, 2007 · 

Clovis Big Hat Days Restrict Access to Beer Garden

September 14, 2006 · 

City of Fresno Adopts Social Host Ordinance

June 18, 2006 · 

City of Huron Passes Social Host Ordinance

June 2, 2003 · 

Fresno Office Opens