Merced

The Revolution Inside Me

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Cultura, Organizing, Resistance and Action (CORA), Merced’s first-ever youth leadership academy was held last month over the course of two weekends. A diverse group of 12 young people — including several system-impacted and foster youth — attended from schools in the towns of Merced and Atwater. The majority had never participated in this kind of … Continued

Begin at the Beginning: New Merced Office Gears up to Listen and Learn

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On Wednesday, February 28th, YLI will be expanding our offices for the first time in 14 years! This expansion celebrates the incredible work of YLI’s youth, communities, and staff over our 27 years to include youth voice in local decision-making.  The strength of our youth leadership programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and Fresno County have paved … 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

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