In 2017, Madera community leaders came together to discuss the importance of homegrown leadership and common vision alignment in the City of Madera. In partnership with Madera Unified School District, the City of Madera and United Way Fresno and Madera Counties, yli committed to elevate the youth voice through meaningful youth engagement. yli launched two Student Advocacy Councils (SACs) at Madera and Madera South High Schools in 2018 as well as the City of Madera Youth Commission.
Together, both programs engage youth in the community by learning, uplifting, and empowering their peer’s voices in collaboration with Madera Unified School District and City of Madera staff.
Timeline of Wins in Madera
Youth Collective members launch a club that focuses on youth-led change at Madera South High School and Madera High School.
The Youth Collective created several media projects to increase awareness and access to resources to advocate for COVID-19 vaccinations in the Madera community. These include: Podcast Collective members Beto, Jaylee, … Continued
With the goal of destigmatizing mental health in Madera Unified School District, Student Voices United conducted research and advocated to add mental health as an excused absence for students. This … Continued
Student Voices United members lead healing circles at Madera South High School and Madera High School.
This 1 day service learning conference trains a strong cohort of Madera youth to lead action oriented mini projects within the City of Madera.
Youth leaders present data and make recommendations to Madera Unified School District to add mental health approved absences and follow up on campuses.
Madera Youth Commission creates a community resource and activity book (in English and Spanish) to spread factual and positive messages in Madera.
The Student Advocacy Council and Madera Youth Commission train Madera Community College staff and students to implement their own Student Advocacy Council.
Alongside yli staff, Madera Youth Commission co-hosted 2 virtual holiday celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Madera Youth Commission begins a series of educational cooking classes to explore our cultural, historical and geographical relationships to food.
Madera Youth Commission places a land acknowledgement on their official meeting agendas.
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.
The City of Madera voted unanimously to establish a Youth Commission on September 5, 2018