San Francisco

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 put final decision-making authority into the hands of youth, and has invested over 300,000 dollars in youth-led social justice projects to date.

The office has also led key victories in substance abuse prevention. In 2007, SF Community Action Live youth leaders successfully advocated for a “Deemed Approved Ordinance,” which established an annual citywide fee to educate business owners and help them responsibly monitor alcohol sales in the city’s 1,000-plus stores that sell alcohol.

 

In 2014, the Tobacco Use Reduction Force (TURF) — a 6-year, multi-generational youth campaign — succeeded in passing San Francisco’s Tobacco Retail Density Policy on tobacco. The first of its kind in the country, the policy reduced the number of tobacco retailers through attrition, as well as the percentage of storefront space that could be used for advertising.

 

Today, these programs continue to thrive through our Community Action Model (CAM), which invests in building leaders from the community to advocate for health equity campaigns. Through the San Francisco Prevention Coalition, YLI provides technical support to prevention providers to address citywide youth alcohol and substance use.

Current Programs

Timeline of Wins in San Francisco

March 1, 2016 · 

Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Tobacco 21 Ordinance Raising Purchasing Age

April 30, 2015 · 

San Francisco Approves Smoke-Free Ball Parks

December 10, 2014 · 

Landmark “Tobacco Sales Reduction Act” Passes

April 18, 2014 · 

Electronic Cigarettes Prohibited Where Traditional Cigarettes Are Banned

October 31, 2013 · 

San Francisco Schools Restrict Tobacco Promotional Items

August 4, 2013 · 

Multi-Unit Rental Properties Must Disclose Smoke-Free and Smoking-Optional Designation

July 31, 2013 · 

Smoke-Free Public Events Ordinance Adopted

January 31, 2013 · 

San Francisco Bans Tobacco Companies from Sponsoring Social and Cultural Events

October 31, 2010 · 

Smoke-Free Public Transit Vehicles, Stations and Stops Passes

October 31, 2010 · 

Smoke-Free Service Waiting Lines Ordinance Adopted

October 31, 2010 · 

Smoke-free Charity Bingo Games Ordinance Passes

August 31, 2010 · 

Citywide Alcohol Fee Passed by Council

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

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August 28, 2010 · 

Smoke-Free Public Housing Adopted

August 23, 2010 · 

Ordinance Bans Smoking in Common Areas of Multi-Unit Housing

August 14, 2010 · 

City Bans Smoking at Farmers Markets

June 3, 2010 · 

Smoke-Free Entrances Ordinance Passes

October 4, 2008 · 

Tobacco-Free City and County Property Policy Adopted

September 15, 2008 · 

Tobacco-Free Pharmacies Policy Adopted

March 30, 2007 · 

“Deemed Approved Ordinance” Adopted to Better Regulate Alcohol Sales

July 14, 2006 · 

Tobacco-Free Parks and Recreation Fields

May 19, 2006 · 

Smoke-Free Public Golf Courses

October 30, 2005 · 

San Francisco Police Create Training for Youth Interactions

July 30, 2004 · 

Tobacco Advertising Banned in City

April 12, 2004 · 

Smoking Banned in Enclosed Parks and Recreation Areas

March 8, 2004 · 

Tobacco Advertising Banned in City

October 30, 2003 · 

All Tobacco Retailers Must Have Permits

June 29, 2002 · 

City Restricts the Sale of “Bidi” Cigarettes

June 29, 2002 · 

San Francisco Bans The Sale of Packages with Fewer than 20 Cigarettes

November 29, 2000 · 

San Francisco’s Children’s Fund Reauthorized

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

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March 22, 1999 · 

City of San Francisco Passes NOMA Ordinance Restricting Off-Site Alcohol Sales