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A Flower in the Valley: The Story of My Name Series

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YLI is My Story

My mother named me Alhelí. On google images, an Alhelí ranges from a small four-petaled flower, similar to Hawaii’s plumeria, to a bunch of small flowers growing up a stem, similar to lavender but fuller. I don’t think I have ever seen one in real life and because of that, I find myself stopping at almost every flower I see, wondering, “Could you be an Alhelí?”

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

What the FAX? BMoC’s Fight to Improve Fresno’s Bus System

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YLI is My Story

Ever ride the bus? When you take the Fresno Area Express (FAX), a would-be 20-minute car ride can easily turn into a 2 ½ journey depending on the bus route you take. Riders can wait up to an hour along certain routes, and the frequent stops all add up. Turns out, there’s nothing “Express” about … Continued

YLI’s 120th Policy Win Wipes Juvenile Fees from the Books

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Campaign Victories

When a critical new law is passed, we celebrate. There’s that flood of relief, that flush of jubilation, punctuated by cheers, tears, and hugs all around. Those of us who have spent months, years, decades fighting for change – taking surveys, holding community meetings, meeting with decision-makers, staging rallies, collecting signatures and endorsement letters, and … Continued