Youth Leadership Institute (yli) opened its doors in San Mateo in 1998, just as our collaboration with California Friday Night Live Partnership (CFNLP) — a statewide organization that addresses underage drinking — was taking off.
Since then, San Mateo youth have led major policy campaigns, such as Peninsula Advocates Investigating Debt-Traps (PAID), which worked to cap the number of predatory financial services in the region, and Nutrition Soldiers, which eliminated sugary drinks as the default beverage in fast-food kids’ meals.
In addition to youth programming, yli San Mateo leads and/or participates in a number of key coalitions, including the Coastside Collaborative and the Working Families Alliance. We also helped to launch and lead the Transportation Equity Allied Movement (TEAMC), which was the driver behind Measure W – a countywide tax measure to invest in equitable and environmentally sustainable transportation options – in 2018. We are frequently invited by the City and other partners to offer trainings and workshops on a variety of subjects.
Timeline of Wins in San Mateo
A summer youth workforce development program rooted in the belief that education is for liberation, YEEE! was launched in partnership with San Mateo County Office of Education, Peninsula Conflict Resolution … Continued
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Journalism program launches first ever cohort of 10 youth, who publish a total of 20 works on yli’s blog. One of these is picked up by … Continued
In partnership with Daly City Youth Health Center, yli carries out a Civic Empowerment Training Series. Youth were able to speak directly to city council leaders, advocates and school board … Continued
KHMB Radio interviews Program Coordinators Rubi Salazar and Rod Spikes to uplift their Friday Night Live chapter’s campaign on alcohol prevention.
Help@Hand pilots new mental health app across San Mateo County based on youth recommendations.
Young people in Friday Night Live’s Coastside Youth Council (FNLCYC) tackle the issue of underage drinking by promoting a positive narrative around not using alcohol before age 21.
Five high school to transitional age youth across Silicon Valley are chosen to participate in the first cohort of San Mateo County yli’s youth journalism program
The Half Moon Bay City Council launches a pilot Community Responder crisis-intervention program to improve the city’s response to mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness.
The Coastside Collaborative COVID-19 Relief Coalition launches a new website with resources for individuals and businesses to obtain and provide support and relief.
yli, Half Moon Bay City and ALAS hosted an emergency Coastside Collaborative meeting in response to Bay City Flowers Closing
KHMB Radio interviews Program Coordinator, Rubi Salazar, about her work in Half Moon Bay
During the Lights for Liberty vigil – a nationwide event to protest inhumane conditions faced by refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants – Program Coordinator Rubi Salazar shares their experience … Continued
yli’s San Mateo office hosts and end-of-year event showcasing youth work in 2019.
After weeks of counting votes for an unprecedented midterm election turnout, it appears that San Mateo’s transportation tax, Measure W, has passed by a razor-thin margin. The measure will generate … Continued
San Mateo youth successfully led campaign to end predatory payday lending practices in Pacifica.
YO MATEO! sought a policy solution to address youth access to tobacco in the retail environment.