Fresno

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 to build powerful social justice campaigns that address the unique needs of both urban and rural communities.

The office launched with new Friday Night Live chapters (FNL), working with the state-level network to address youth alcohol and drug use. Since that time, the office has grown rapidly to address a broad range of issues impacting youth and their communities. Programs like Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) focused in on empowering youth who are among the most vulnerable. Leadership programs like Youth Advocacy Leadership League (YALL) and Youth Leadership Alumni Board (YLAB) brings veteran youth leaders from across programs to develop county-wide strategies and campaigns.

In 2016, the City of Fresno’s first Youth Commission was established, and the Rural Youth Commission Advocacy is working to increase civic engagement in youth across the region. In the fall of 2018, The kNOw Youth Media joined the Fresno YLI office bringing a history of youth-led media expertise.

This powerhouse office boasts numerous claims to fame. The newly minted Fresno Youth Commission has already gained huge wins for youth jobs. In 2017, they successfully advocated for including $50,000 for city internships and created a Task Force to identify additional opportunities for youth. The SUCCESS campaign brought restorative justice to Fresno Unified School District, and FNL’s smoke-free parks campaign established new signage in the surrounding cities of Selma and Kerman.

Current Programs

Timeline of Wins in Fresno

May 4, 2018 · 

Smoke-Free Parks Selma Passes

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