Youth Leadership Institute was founded and officially launched in Marin County in 1991. Since then, our office has undergone many changes and iterations. Today, it is staffed by passionate individuals with a deep love and genuine care for the health and well-being of young people. Each staff member has a unique story that has brought them to this work to see, hear, care, and love the youth of Marin.
With the belief that impacted youth should be at the center of community change work as our starting point, yli is committed to serving all young people, especially Black, Indigenous, and other youth of color.
Our school-based programs are heavily focused on substance use prevention, specifically through the Friday Night Live (FNL) framework, an evidence-based approach that centers the physical and emotional safety of youth as fundamental to youth-led action. Staff lead school-based and community-based programs across Marin County including: The Marin County Youth Commission (MCYC), Marin Organizing for Racial Equity (MORE), the Novato Youth Community Program, Marin Oaks FNL, Hamilton Club Live, and Venetia Valley Club Live.
Check out our programs below to learn more about what we do!
Timeline of Wins in Marin
July 14, 2021 · Marin
Marin County Youth Commissioner Selected for Jared Huffman Summer Internship Program
June 22, 2021 · Marin
May 19, 2021 · Marin
The Marin County Youth Commission education committee submits a resolution to the Marin County Office of Education to support the implementation of Ethnic Studies in Marin schools.
May 18, 2021 · Marin
Marin County Youth Commission host the second annual mental health summit, bringing together 50 youth via Zoom!
May 1, 2021 · Marin
Youth Commissioners Colette Holcomb and Scarlett Goh share their experiences of designing, organizing and implementing the annual Peer Youth Summit in this letter to the editor, published in the Marin Independent Journal.
April 1, 2021 · Marin
On May 1st, the Marin County Youth Commission held a virtual summit for 50 youths aged 14-20 from 22 different schools across Marin and 2 schools from the greater Bay Area.
February 19, 2021 · Marin
Youth updated the San Marin TUPE education video to help educate their peers about the effects of vaping.
December 19, 2020 · Marin
Students create a wellness survey at Marin Oaks High School with the purpose of identifying mental and financial hardships caused by COVID-19.
June 19, 2020 · Marin
All yli youth receive a care package in May and December of 2020.
February 19, 2020 · Marin
Venetia Valley youth plan and lead a virtual PRIDE event. Students moderated a panel to learn more about the LGBTQ experience.
September 26, 2019 · Marin
yli hosts the 33rd annual Peer Summit for over 150 middle school students across the county.
May 4, 2019 · Marin
yli staff partnered with youth and staff to design and create a student lounge for all students at Hamilton.
January 10, 2019 · Marin
Marin County Youth Commission hosts their first mental health summit, bringing together over 100 community members to learn more about the state of youth mental health in Marin.
September 7, 2017 · Marin
Loughlin Browne was recognized at the annual Heart of Marin award ceremony for her outstanding service in the community of Marin.
Novato Social Host Ordinance Amended
July 1, 2017 · Marin
Marin County Social Host Ordinance Expansion Passes
July 18, 2013 · Marin
Novato Bans Styrofoam Containers
March 31, 2013 · Marin
October 19, 2012 · Marin
In 2011 YLI’s Marin County Youth Commission (MCYC) released a report titled “Safe and Healthy School Environments for All”. The report was based on the findings of a youth-led survey that … Continued
San Rafael Bans Styrofoam Containers
October 11, 2012 · Marin
Board of Supervisors Pass Resolution to Recognize National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
October 2, 2012 · Marin
Novato School Board Limits Alcohol Promotion at Events
September 8, 2012 · Marin
San Rafael School Board Limits Alcohol Promotion at Events
August 19, 2012 · Marin
San Rafael School District Changes Policies to Make LGBTQQ Students More Safe
February 11, 2012 · Marin
San Rafael Resolution Establishes Alcopop-Free Zone
January 31, 2012 · Marin
Novato Resolution Establishes Alcopop-Free Zone
December 9, 2011 · Marin
October 22, 2011 · Marin
YLI youth work for six years to get Mobile Truck Policy win.
Tamalpais Union High School District Limits Alcohol Sponsorship at School Events
August 31, 2011 · Marin
County Bans Single-use Plastic Bags
October 31, 2010 · Marin
County Bans Styrofoam Containers
March 31, 2010 · Marin
San Rafael Adopts Alcohol Sponsorship and Service Guidelines for City Events
December 8, 2009 · Marin
Novato Unified School District Revises Alcohol Policy
November 18, 2009 · Marin
Novato Unified Adopts Healthy and Local Food Policy
September 18, 2009 · Marin
County Restricts Access and Advertising ofAlcohol at Public Events
September 5, 2009 · Marin
Fairfax Bans Styrofoam Containers
July 27, 2009 · Marin
Larkspur Passes Social Host Ordinance
March 31, 2009 · Marin
Tiburon Bans Styrofoam Containers
February 17, 2009 · Marin
Mill Valley Bans Styrofoam Containers
December 4, 2008 · Marin
County Youth Commission Seeks Greater Public Transportation Access
November 30, 2008 · Marin
Sausalito Social Host Ordinance Amended
November 19, 2008 · Marin
Mill Valley Social Host Ordinance Amended
November 12, 2008 · Marin
Ross Social Host Ordinance Amended
October 30, 2008 · Marin
Belvedere Passes Social Host Ordinance
October 30, 2008 · Marin
Corte Madera Passes Social Host Ordinance
August 30, 2008 · Marin
Novato and San Rafael School Districts Adopt Wellness Policy
February 4, 2008 · Marin
Sausalito Bans Styrofoam Containers
December 4, 2007 · Marin
San Rafael Social Host Ordinance Passes
November 30, 2007 · Marin
Fairfax Social Host Ordinance Amended
November 16, 2007 · Marin
San Anselmo Social Host Ordinance Amended
November 14, 2007 · Marin
Tiburon Social Host Ordinance Amended
August 22, 2006 · Marin
Marin County Youth Commission Passes Justice for Jena Six Resolution
July 8, 2006 · Marin
Social Host Ordinance Amended
June 30, 2006 · Marin
Ordinance Bans Alcohol Sponsorships of Municipal Events
October 13, 2005 · Marin
Marin County Social Host Ordinance Passes
October 30, 2004 · Marin
Youth Commission Presents School Nutrition Policy Recommendations
September 30, 2004 · Marin
August 1, 1991 · Marin, Statewide
The Play Fair Coalition made history in the fair industry by changing the title sponsor of the Marin County Fair and replacing the 6-year sponsor, Miller Brewing.
Youth Leadership Institute Opens Doors in Marin