San Francisco

A Call to Justice for our Community

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YLI is My Story

Tobacco products are adapting to our social environments and we need to put a stop to this. We need you to support our campaign as we strive to set a city-wide tobacco retail minimum price and ban the use of coupons, BOGO deals, and any other promotional strategies to purchase tobacco in San Francisco — our city. This isn’t just a health issue, it’s also a social justice issue.

Big Tobacco in the City

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YLI is My Story

Fighting for tobacco prevention for me is crucial because young kids of color deserve better than this, they don’t need any more direct targeting by big corporations, and most important they do not need tobacco or any tobacco-related products.

BLING Funds $30,000 in Youth Advocacy Projects

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YLI is My Story

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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YLI is My Story

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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YLI is My Story

“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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YLI is My Story

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