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! 

Current Programs

Timeline of Wins in Marin

January 11, 2024 · 

Marcos Vega (Marin Organizing for Racial Equity) is awarded Youth Volunteer of the Year at the Heart of Marin Awards

December 5, 2023 · 

Disability Justice sub-committee hosts 4 disability justice workshops for Marin Programs Winter Celebration!

October 14, 2023 · 

A new Club Live Chapter starts at Davidson Middle School

August 14, 2023 · 

Marin youth host Social Justice Retreat

June 14, 2023 · 

Youth host Venetia Valley PRIDE Week

May 14, 2023 · 

Hamilton Middle School hosts Earth Day Event

November 14, 2022 · 

Marin County Youth Commission partners with the Marin County Elections Department to train youth commissioners on how to host voter registration drives

November 14, 2022 · 

Marin County Youth Commission partners with Marin County Parks to create a survey for youth that will help identify the barriers of accessing parks

June 14, 2022 · 

Novato Youth Advocacy Council successfully advocates for a new district wide student dress code

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

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