Youth Leadership Institute officially launched in Marin County in 1991. The goal was to do youth development differently – by believing that young people are a part of the solution and not the problem.

With this belief as our starting point, yli overhauled three existing programs in Marin. First, we expanded and transformed the Marin Friday Night Live program (FNL), an existing youth alcohol and drug prevention program, into a youth-led community level approach to prevention. Then, we reinvigorated the Marin County Youth Commission (MCYC), which is the advisory board to the County Board of Supervisors. Lastly, we developed the Youth Grants Board (YGB), the seed for our youth grant-making program that became the model for youth-led philanthropy across the country.

yli youth have led major policy wins over the decades, such as the Social Host Ordinance, which has been replicated across our offices. New programs have been established to address broader issues impacting youth, like the Racial Equity Project, LGBTQI+ trainings, and Student Advocacy Councils. And we are sharing what we have learned through the Marin Prevention Network, which consists of 10 organizations working to reduce underage drinking.

Current Programs

Timeline of Wins in Marin

July 14, 2021 · 

Marin County Youth Commissioner Selected for Jared Huffman Summer Internship Program

September 7, 2017 · 

Novato Social Host Ordinance Amended

July 1, 2017 · 

Marin County Social Host Ordinance Expansion Passes

July 18, 2013 · 

Novato Bans Styrofoam Containers

March 31, 2013 · 

Novato Unified Changes Policies to Make LGBTQQ Students More Safe

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 studied personal and emotional safety for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth in Marin County public schools. Using this report, MCYC youth partnered … Continued

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October 19, 2012 · 

San Rafael Bans Styrofoam Containers

October 11, 2012 · 

Board of Supervisors Pass Resolution to Recognize National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 2, 2012 · 

Novato School Board Limits Alcohol Promotion at Events

September 8, 2012 · 

San Rafael School Board Limits Alcohol Promotion at Events

August 19, 2012 · 

San Rafael School District Changes Policies to Make LGBTQQ Students More Safe

February 11, 2012 · 

San Rafael Resolution Establishes Alcopop-Free Zone

January 31, 2012 · 

Novato Resolution Establishes Alcopop-Free Zone

October 22, 2011 · 

Tamalpais Union High School District Limits Alcohol Sponsorship at School Events

August 31, 2011 · 

County Bans Single-use Plastic Bags

October 31, 2010 · 

County Bans Styrofoam Containers

March 31, 2010 · 

San Rafael Adopts Alcohol Sponsorship and Service Guidelines for City Events

December 8, 2009 · 

Novato Unified School District Revises Alcohol Policy

November 18, 2009 · 

Novato Unified Adopts Healthy and Local Food Policy

September 18, 2009 · 

County Restricts Access and Advertising ofAlcohol at Public Events

September 5, 2009 · 

Fairfax Bans Styrofoam Containers

July 27, 2009 · 

Larkspur Passes Social Host Ordinance

March 31, 2009 · 

Tiburon Bans Styrofoam Containers

February 17, 2009 · 

Mill Valley Bans Styrofoam Containers

December 4, 2008 · 

County Youth Commission Seeks Greater Public Transportation Access

November 30, 2008 · 

Sausalito Social Host Ordinance Amended

November 19, 2008 · 

Mill Valley Social Host Ordinance Amended

November 12, 2008 · 

Ross Social Host Ordinance Amended

October 30, 2008 · 

Belvedere Passes Social Host Ordinance

October 30, 2008 · 

Corte Madera Passes Social Host Ordinance

August 30, 2008 · 

Novato and San Rafael School Districts Adopt Wellness Policy

February 4, 2008 · 

Sausalito Bans Styrofoam Containers

December 4, 2007 · 

San Rafael Social Host Ordinance Passes

November 30, 2007 · 

Fairfax Social Host Ordinance Amended

November 16, 2007 · 

San Anselmo Social Host Ordinance Amended

November 14, 2007 · 

Tiburon Social Host Ordinance Amended

August 22, 2006 · 

Marin County Youth Commission Passes Justice for Jena Six Resolution

July 8, 2006 · 

Social Host Ordinance Amended

June 30, 2006 · 

Ordinance Bans Alcohol Sponsorships of Municipal Events

October 13, 2005 · 

Marin County Social Host Ordinance Passes

October 30, 2004 · 

Youth Commission Presents School Nutrition Policy Recommendations

August 1, 1991 · ,

Youth Leadership Institute Opens Doors in Marin