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
These youth were Jessica Mendieta and Sammy Lee. Awards will be announced on January 11th, 2024 at the 31st Annual Heart of Marin Awards Luncheon and Celebration.
The purpose of this event was to make students aware of the space, what services it provides, and how to access it on a daily basis. They also collaborated with … Continued
Marin County Youth Commissioners volunteer with the Marin Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and table at Marin Pride (hosted by the Spahr Center) to promote Mental Health & Wellness Resources
These include: Cole Greene, Sammy Lee, Jessica Mendieta, Walt Novosardian, Annika Parmar, Marguerite Walden-Kaufman, Roshan Belani, Xophia Cabello, Franccesca Calle La Bou, Annie Carmona, Alex Fooman, Caroline Foster,Tara Fullerton, Maya … Continued
The youth trained 437 people, majority teens and young adults, on how to use Narcan and recognize an overdose, and distributed 200 Narcan kits.
The students’ goal was to create a multipurpose wellness space where students could feel safe and supported. This space is also a place where they can find resources, hygiene products, … Continued
157 people registered for the event, including 85 youth and 72 adults. The Festival featured 8 amazing and interactive workshops, 13 community organizations at the Resource Fair, 50+ submissions to … Continued
Youth and adult allies are invited to come together to learn about ways to support positive mental health.
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.
Marin County Youth Commission host the second annual mental health summit, bringing together 50 youth via Zoom!
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.
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.
Youth updated the San Marin TUPE education video to help educate their peers about the effects of vaping.
Students create a wellness survey at Marin Oaks High School with the purpose of identifying mental and financial hardships caused by COVID-19.
All yli youth receive a care package in May and December of 2020.
Venetia Valley youth plan and lead a virtual PRIDE event. Students moderated a panel to learn more about the LGBTQ experience.
yli hosts the 33rd annual Peer Summit for over 150 middle school students across the county.
yli staff partnered with youth and staff to design and create a student lounge for all students at Hamilton.
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.
Loughlin Browne was recognized at the annual Heart of Marin award ceremony for her outstanding service in the community of 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
YLI youth work for six years to get Mobile Truck Policy win.
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.