public health

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

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 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

Montzerrat, Social Justice Advocate and Visionary Leader

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YLI is My Story

“If I were to imagine a better world, it would be one where we recognize the humanity of people and see value in them regardless of the background they carry.” Montzerrat (Montze) Garcia Bedolla is a leader who deeply values community, social justice and health equity. She began her career with YLI in 2015 and … Continued