Marin County

These are the Solutions: An Interview with Lola Amador

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YLI is My Story

Lola Amador is a senior at Independent Study School in Marin and serves on the Marin County Youth Commission. The tragic events at Parkland ignited her organizing efforts on gun control, and she has participated in a series of actions to elevate the issue and ensure meaningful legislation is passed. On March 14th, she took … Continued

Trump Freezes Critical Resource for Mental Illness and Substance-Abuse

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YLI is My Story

Where do community health professionals go to find effective interventions for preventing and treating mental illness and substance-use disorders? The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, a database containing hundreds of scientifically-proven therapies, is the go-to for mental health and addiction specialists. But new additions to this invaluable resource have been blocked indefinitely by … Continued

YLI Alums & Staff Honored at Heart of Marin Awards Ceremony

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YLI is My Story

On Thursday, January 11th, YLI Alum Maureen “Mo” de Nieva-Marsh was honored for her work at RxSafeMarin with the Excellence in Innovation Award at the 25th Annual Heart of Marin Awards Ceremony. “When I was a student at Dominican University of California I was leading a double life toggling between a personal substance use problem and what seemed like a life … 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

Successful 1st ever statewide Youth Commission Convening

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Campaign Victories

“The Youth Commission Convention was one of the most impactful things I’ve done as a part of Marin County Youth Commission.” Ethan Strull shared this reflection during the closing activity of the final Marin County Youth Commission (MCYC) meeting of the year. Ethan currently serves as the co-chair for MCYC and sat on the planning … Continued

YLI Wins Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award

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Our History

YLI started the year off with a bang. YLI was honored to receive the Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence award from the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership at its annual Heart of Marin event on January 12. In addition, two of our incredible youth leaders, Jose Gomez and Noah Block, also received Youth Volunteer awards. … Continued