health equity

Filling in the Blanks: Youth Spotlight from 2016-2017

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YLI is My Story

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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Campaign Victories

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

YLI Celebrates Jenny Lee’s Four Years of Youth Leadership

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YLI is My Story

“My journey throughout Washington [High School] has transformed me. I remember my first day, when I was a bit nervous, shy, and lost, surrounded by red lockers and heather grey hallways, I had no idea where the gym was, nor my next English class. Despite my struggles, I soon found more opportunities to grow from … Continued

YLI partners with SF Prevention Coalition to host 150 youth and adults at annual Meet Up

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YLI is My Story

Youth leaders from Youth Leadership Institute were among hundreds of youth and adult allies celebrating the end of another successful year in environmental prevention this month—a committed effort to change the messages and settings of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use to make them less appealing to teens. YLI youth leaders from Washington High School Positive … Continued

YLI CAM Advocates Celebrate an Impactful Campaign

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YLI is My Story

“CAM taught me that us–the youth–have a voice and we can actually make a difference in our communities. I value my CAM because they are my support system, but most importantly they are the true definition of a family.” – Eli Jimenez, CAM Advocate Youth Leadership Institute’s Community Action Model advocates have reached the culmination … Continued