yli’s San Francisco office was established in 1992 and houses programs and our headquarters. This office grew the youth philanthropy program seeded in Marin into a nationally recognized program, Building Leaders in Innovative New Grant-making (BLING). Our innovative approach puts final decision-making authority into the hands of youth, and has invested over 300,000 dollars in youth-led social justice projects to date.
Since then, the office has grown to include many more programs that identify and address key issues impacting San Francisco youth and their communities, and has led critical victories in substance abuse prevention across the Bay Area.
Timeline of Wins in San Francisco
YAPC hosts a youth town hall to share out about their newly published ‘zine along with findings from their community research project.
YAPC publishes a ‘zine to reach young people across San Francisco to encourage healthy alternatives to drinking on top of providing resources and statistics on youth alcohol consumption.
Youth urge City Council members to uplift the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force recommendations that were prioritized by the Oakland City Council.
Youth leaders passed an ordinance that reduced the density of tobacco retailers in the City of San Francisco. More information can be found in the case study authored about this win: Reducing Tobacco Retail Density in San Francisco: A Case Study.
YLI staff and young people worked with community partners to mobilize support for a citywide fee on alcohol over the spring and summer of 2010. YLI staff and San Francisco Community Action Live (SFCAL) youth developed key messages, created an educational video targeted at youth and prevention providers, and carried out a youth-lobby day at … Continued
The Children’s Amendment was passed by the voters for the first time in 1991, thanks to a grassroots community-led campaign, and was reauthorized by San Francisco voters in 2000. The Children’s Amendment mandates that the City sets aside approximately 3% of the city’s property tax revenue (in what’s called the “Children’s Fund”), to be spent … Continued