educational equity

100 Day Reflection from the CEO

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As the program year comes to an end, our new CEO Jonathan Marker shares his reflections on his first few months at YLI. A mentor of mine, Brittany Packnett, recently reflected on her experience working with young people, and defined it as follows: Leadership is proximal, leadership is truthful, leadership is consistent, and leadership is … Continued

YLI Central Valley FNL Chapter Propelling #‎WeAreCalGrant‬ Campaign

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We are so excited to have an FNL Chapter at Fresno Pacific devoting itself to rallying the community and supporters alike under their campaign ‪#‎WeAreCalGrant‬. Here’s a picture of them taking their message to Sacramento during their Advocacy Day Trip.

Brave work from our YLI Boys and Men of Color Fresno Crew

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There is another issue in our San Joaquin Valley that may not be making headlines, but is just as important as the drought, and we are pleased the president is once again showing strong leadership: Young men of color need more opportunities. President Obama began the dialogue in his State of the Union Address when … Continued

YLI Youth Fest a Success!

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  “I know I’ll make a difference.” This past Saturday, November 9th, YLI put on Youth Fest, an event where youth from throughout Fresno County had the opportunity to get to know each other, learn about issues in their community, and exchange ideas about ways to solve those problems.  Young people came from all over … Continued

The American Dream is Alive in José Eduardo Chávez

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Young Leaders Attain Restorative School Discipline Policies

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A dedicated group of young advocates have scored a huge milestone in reforming school discipline in California’s fourth largest school district. On Wednesday, the Fresno Unified School District’s board of trustees voted to adopt a framework of restorative practices in school discipline, and allocated $500,000 to start implementing these practices across the district. This shift … Continued

YLI Youth Wins Scholarship

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YLI youth, Flor Rivera, recently received a $5,000 scholarship from the Sequoia Awards because of her community service work with YLI. Rivera is the first in her entire family to attend college, so this award has special meaning for her. “Before YLI, I didn’t know if I could afford college and I was afraid I … Continued