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. 

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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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