Long Beach

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.

Current Programs

Past Programs

Timeline of Wins in Long Beach

September 5, 2023 · 

Youth from North, West and Washington neighborhoods in Long Beach lead community tours to elevate their lived experiences

June 5, 2023 · 

Youth Fund winners complete an educational zine to share the experiences of BIPOC, First Gen and LGBTQ+2

July 21, 2022 · 

yli youth launch CORAL (College, Outreach and Learning) with their Youth Fund grant

June 5, 2022 · 

yli Long Beach launches a flagship Instagram account @yli.lbc

May 11, 2021 · 

Youth leaders present to Signal Hill City leaders on smoke-free multi-use housing