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 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
Washington Positive Peer Pressure (WPX3), a youth group at George Washington High School, shared results of their school-based research on youth alcohol consumption to provide positive peer pressure that encourages … Continued
The event was held at Manny’s Cafe in San Francisco’s Mission District. It showcased youth leaders’ key data findings, PhotoVoice projects, and presentations from LGBT Minus Tobacco, Bay Area Community … Continued
WPX3 launched their most recent PSA showcasing data they collected from the past academic school year.
Based off of the YPAR cohort‘s research, young people’s mental health has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. In response to this data, our youth leaders began the … Continued
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 … Continued
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 … 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 … Continued