San Francisco

BLING Funds $30,000 in Youth Advocacy Projects

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There were impassioned speeches. Poetry. There was boisterous applause, loud whoops and cheers as youth grantees shared their visionary projects for community change. Bright smiles and cascades of laughter lit up the room as the young people triumphantly waved their grant checks in the air. The Grantee Kickoff is the highlight of BLING’s grant-making cycle. … Continued

This Work is Rooted in Who I Am

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An interview with Andrea Gil, youth leader in San Francisco’s Community Action Model I am Bits and Pieces, Blended My family is complex. I don’t have one identity. I have bits and pieces of different identities. Both of my parents are from El Salvador – my mom is first generation, my dad was born there … Continued

Conversations about Affordable Housing: OTT Recap

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“The conversations about housing are critical at this time because we are really at the risk of losing the fabric of our communities.” –Fahad Qurashi, YLI Senior Director of Programs        Dialogue about the housing crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area is ongoing. Research has been conducted, articles have been published, protests … Continued

Queens and Kings: Daya’s Poem

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Queens and Kings –by Daya Smith-Mojica U see i tried to build myself back up because i didn’t like who i saw in the mirror but as i tried to fix a broken image i had to come to terms that this is what i’ve created i’ve created a reflection of manifestation manifesting everything i’ve … Continued

B.L.I.N.G. Funds 7 Youth-Led Social Justice Initiatives

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“It is really important for people that are going through struggles to come together and try to organize and work things out.” – B.L.I.N.G. Spring 2017 Grantee On Thursday, January 18th, B.L.I.N.G. youth grantmakers held their Grantee Kick-Off, celebrating 7 new youth-led social justice initiatives in San Francisco. B.L.I.N.G. (Building Leaders in Innovative New Giving) … Continued

Trump Freezes Critical Resource for Mental Illness and Substance-Abuse

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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 Celebrates Jenny Lee’s Four Years of Youth Leadership

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“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