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Tina La Boo: The Story of My Name Series

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YLI is My Story

Fun Facts: I was supposed to be a boy and throughout my mom’s pregnancy with me my mom called me Ricky. I have 10 nicknames and I answer to them all (Trina, Trinabell, Tinabell, Tina, Boo Boo Face, Tina La Boo, Tinker, Tinkerbell, Trin, and Catrin). These come from aunts, uncles and older cousins. Each nickname for me is special, but I use Trina most often and am known to many friends and introduced myself to my partner as Trina.

Reflecting On Black History Month Illustrations

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YLI is My Story

As you probably know, February is Black History Month, a month where famous and influential black members of society are recognized and celebrated. Back in January, Kody, our Program Manager with The kNOw, asked me if I would be interested in doing illustrations that celebrate famous and less well-known leaders in the African American community for Black History Month. I gladly accepted, and I’m glad I did.

Yammilette G. Rodriguez Receives the 2019 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

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Campaign Victories

On February 11th it was announced that Central Valley Senior Director of Programs Yammilette  Rodriguez was awarded the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. These awards, “recognize and support individuals who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues” and provide a $250,000 investment in the work.

Fresno Boys & Men of Color Receive Obama Foundation Award

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Campaign Victories

The YLI Fresno Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) is no stranger to leading. From making parks a city-wide conversation, to bringing restorative justice to Fresno Unified, to getting a Fresno City Youth Commission, this group of young men have led the way in Fresno. Now they’re leading in another way: as a winner of The … Continued

The Revolution Inside Me

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YLI is My Story

Cultura, Organizing, Resistance and Action (CORA), Merced’s first-ever youth leadership academy was held last month over the course of two weekends. A diverse group of 12 young people — including several system-impacted and foster youth — attended from schools in the towns of Merced and Atwater. The majority had never participated in this kind of … Continued