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
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 $80 million per year in sales tax revenue for the next 30 years to improve public transit, create safer bike and pedestrian routes, reduce traffic, … 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.