ATOD Prevention

This Work is Rooted in Who I Am

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An interview with Andrea Gil, youth leader in San Francisco’s Community Action Model I am Bits and Pieces, Blended My family is complex. I don’t have one identity. I have bits and pieces of different identities. Both of my parents are from El Salvador – my mom is first generation, my dad was born there … Continued

Trump Freezes Critical Resource for Mental Illness and Substance-Abuse

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Where do community health professionals go to find effective interventions for preventing and treating mental illness and substance-use disorders? The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, a database containing hundreds of scientifically-proven therapies, is the go-to for mental health and addiction specialists. But new additions to this invaluable resource have been blocked indefinitely by … Continued

Youth-Led Sticker Shock Campaign Raises Awareness about Underage Drinking

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The air was still cool on the morning of October 28th when youth leaders from YLI and Fresno County Friday Night Live gathered in front of the local FoodsCo with banners, buttons, pledges and a slew of bright yellow stickers. These dedicated young people had risen early on a Saturday to educate the community about … Continued

On the Corner: A Story of Transformation on San Francisco’s Streets

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“I grew up between 19th and San Carlos, which is little alley right on the Mission, between the Sureños and the MS. It just happened that one gang was on one corner of my street and the other gang was on the other side of the street.” This is the starting place of Arianna Vargas’ … Continued

Filling in the Blanks: Youth Spotlight from 2016-2017

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In high school, lecture notes were projected onto a screen, and dotted with blanks for the students to fill in. “It was as though we couldn’t write the notes ourselves,” reflected Nailea Lazarit, who is now a freshman at Fresno State University. She believes that young people’s sense of competence and ability is deeply shaped … Continued

Marin County Youth Commissioners Policy Win Reduces Youth Drug Use

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Last month, YLI celebrated its 103rd policy win! The Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to enhance the Social Host Ordinance (SHO), which holds adults responsible for underage alcohol and drug use in their households whether or not the adults are present. The amendment included adding marijuana to the language, expanding locations to include party buses … Continued