Youth Leadership Institute expanded into Southern California in the summer of 2018. It currently houses three yli programs and three yli projects that mix storytelling and advocacy strategies to create community and narrative change in Long Beach, Signal Hill, and Hawaiian Gardens.
Office-wide projects include:
- Leading efforts to develop a comic book that asks, “How did we get here?” Through community engagement and research, the comic book will include the transportation, housing, and land-use policies that have shaped historical inequities in Long Beach.
- Leading local alcohol and gambling prevention projects, where youth leaders utilize their multimedia and advocacy skills to create and lead awareness and educational campaigns.
Timeline of Wins in Long Beach
Local youth conduct safety assessments of a highly trafficked area of Long Beach, with a focus on accessibility, maintenance and safety for youth that walk, bike or take the bus.
For the first time, the Long Beach office established a summer program for local youth to learn about social justice issues in Long Beach.
VoiceWaves publishes and begins to distribute its newest print publication, which collects stories published by our youth reporters throughout the pandemic.
VoiceWaves partners with Compound, a local culture and arts center, to host monthly workshops where Youth Reporters share the skills they learn with members of the public.
The Long Beach City Council received a presentation on the 62-page youth strategic plan created by a coalition of local youth.
Long Beach adopts a permanent ban on the sale of most flavored tobacco products ahead of the statewide vote!
Launched a Long Beach youth group during the 2020 Covid pandemic that worked on making the temporary flavored tobacco ban a permanent ban.
VoiceWaves Youth Reporters share findings of the My Brother’s Keeper youth survey and documentary focused on young people’s experiences with the juvenile justice system.
YLI welcomed YouthWire, a cutting edge statewide youth media program, into the organization on October 1, 2018.