San Mateo

Youth Leadership Institute 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.

Now, the San Mateo office coordinates the FNL Network, consisting of  13 FNL chapters. Our approach, which shifts the focus from individual behaviors to systemic inequities, has shaped CFNLP programming throughout the state. In 2017, we secured the contract to lead the San Mateo County Youth Commission (SMCYC), the advisory board to the County Board of Supervisors, and have expanded programming to include a wide range of community and school-based issues, such as: health equity, economic security, just transportation, youth civic engagement, and immigration justice.

San Mateo youth have led major policy campaigns since the office opened, 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. The office is the first to address public transportation issues through their county-wide coalition, TEAMC, and has launched a new campaign to increase the youth vote.

Current Programs

Timeline of Wins in San Mateo

November 29, 2018 · 

Measure W Passes, Raising $80 Million a Year for Transportation

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

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October 7, 2015 · 

San Mateo City Council Pass Smoke-Free Ordinance in Multi-Unit Housing

August 7, 2015 · 

Daly City and South San Francisco Councils Pass Resolution Supporting Strong Payday Loan Regulations

June 30, 2015 · 

City of Brisbane Amends Smoking Ordinance

May 20, 2015 · 

Burlingame City Council Pass Smoke-Free Ordinance in Multi-Unit Housing

May 8, 2015 · 

Parkway Heights Middle School Improves Packaging and Meals

November 11, 2014 · 

Daly City Council Pass Smoke-Free Ordinance in Multi-Unit Housing

October 20, 2014 · 

San Mateo County Passes Smoke-Free Ordinance in Multi-Unit Housing

August 21, 2014 · 

Daly City Limits Payday Lenders in City Limits

May 14, 2014 · 

South San Francisco Passes Anti-Payday Lending Ordinance

February 20, 2014 · 

Daly City Passes Social Host Ordinance

November 19, 2013 · 

Redwood City Passes TRACE Ordinance

June 13, 2011 · 

Pacifica Passes Social Host Ordinance

August 29, 2010 · 

Menlo Park Adopts Social Host Ordinance to Reduce Alcohol Access

June 18, 2010 · 

Menlo Park Adopts Tobacco Retail License

May 18, 2009 · 

Redwood City Passes Smoke-Free Parks Ordinance

March 2, 2009 · 

Resolution for Smoke-Free Special Events and Activities in Foster City Parks Passes

January 9, 2009 · 

Belmont Adopts Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Ordinance

April 30, 2008 · 

Pacifica Passes Strongest Tobacco Sales Standards in County

February 17, 2008 · 

College of San Mateo Smoke-Free

May 30, 2007 · 

Pacific Coast Farmer’s Market Association Adopts Smoke-Free Policy

August 30, 2006 · 

Skyline College Adopts Smoke-Free Policy

May 29, 2006 · 

Redwood Council Adopts Smoke-Free Hollywood Resolution

May 29, 2006 · 

Daly City Council Adopts Smoke-Free Hollywood Resolution

May 29, 2006 · 

Pacifica City Council Adopts Smoke-Free Hollywood Resolution

May 15, 2006 · 

Belmont City Council Adopts Smoke-Free Hollywood Resolution

September 30, 2003 · 

San Mateo Resolution to Enforce Tobacco Access Laws

September 5, 1998 · 

San Mateo Office Opens