financial and economic justice

YLI’s 119th Policy Win Means Jobs for Fresno Youth

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“There is no way to get out if there is nothing to do. That was my personal connection, the increasing gang violence, and what it has done to my community….Youth want to work, and they need work.” –Jaylin White, Fresno Youth Commission Youth unemployment means something different depending on where you are. In affluent communities, … Continued

When Organizing Gets Personal: Fighting PayDay Lending in Pacifica

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“Social change really hit me right before the election…There is no longer a neutral.” Karina Gamez, 16, knew she had to do something after the November presidential election last year. She had learned about payday lending when YLI staff made a presentation on economic justice at Oceana High School. This predatory financial practice targets low-income … Continued

New Podcast addresses Public Transit in San Mateo County

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In this new podcast, YLI Program Directors Fahad and Montzerrat discuss the history of public transit in San Mateo County and how improvements can benefit us economically, socially and environmentally. They also share the challenges to access and affordability of public transit that our community faces, and how they are bringing together youth, schools and decision-makers … Continued

YLI’s 2015-2016 Annual Report is now available

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READ THE COMPLETE ANNUAL REPORT Youth Leadership Institute proudly presents our 2015-2016 Annual Report. This year we celebrate highlights across our regions, levitra buy canada us including the increase levitra buy canada us of Youth Commissions across the state, passing our 100th policy in our 25 year history, and funding over $185,000 in youth-led projects. This year, 84% … Continued

Coastside Youth Council member Margarita on Community Work: “I would do it for any other community because communities help each other”

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  Coastside Youth Council (CYC) member Margarita, 19, is cognizant of one common link uniting her efforts around  alcohol regulation, transportation, and economic security policies: “The work we do makes me realize whom, these issues impact the most. What unites all these is the fact that they disproportionately impact minorities. That’s a totally different aspect … Continued

Meet Janet and YLI Movers and Shakers in September eNews!

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[cmsms_row][cmsms_column data_width=”1/2″][cmsms_text animation_delay=”0″] When Janet Salcedo moved to Kerman, CA in eighth grade, she was shy. Neither of her parents had completed high school, back injuries limited their ability to perform work, and they sacrificed a lot to make sure Janet and her two siblings had access to education. The Central Valley became a home … Continued

Fernando Aguilar, Youth Leader, Speaks at National Conference for Problem Gambling

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This past weekend YLI youth leader Fernando Aguilar presented at the 29th Annual National Conference on Problem Gambling in Baltimore, MD. Fernando and adult ally Jim Kooler from the California Friday Night Live Partnership shared their work on the connection between predatory financial services such as payday lending and problem gambling. Fernando spoke with pride … Continued