San Francisco

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

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YLI is My Story

“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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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 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 partners with SF Prevention Coalition to host 150 youth and adults at annual Meet Up

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YLI is My Story

Youth leaders from Youth Leadership Institute were among hundreds of youth and adult allies celebrating the end of another successful year in environmental prevention this month—a committed effort to change the messages and settings of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use to make them less appealing to teens. YLI youth leaders from Washington High School Positive … Continued

Andrea on Healthy Retail: CAM Youth Advocate Shares Testimony at Press Conference

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YLI is My Story

“We’re tired of seeing our neighborhoods bombarded with these products, and advertisements. That is why we are working to promote healthier stores to support our local markets at Youth Leadership Institute. It’s important for us to work together and continue to fight to make our neighborhoods healthier and keep them that way.” — Andrea, Community … Continued

Get $5,000 from BLING for social change in San Francisco!

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Youth Opportunities

“Grantmaking inspires and empowers youth to express their needs so we can make a difference in our community. We learn a professional skill that can be used in our future employment.”– Youth Leader, Bayview Youth Summit Planning Committee (Fall 2015 Grantee) B.L.I.N.G. (Building Leaders in Innovative New Giving) is YLI’s youth-led social justice philanthropy program … Continued

YLI 25 Celebrates 102 Policy Wins and 86,000 Youth Served

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Our History

Dear YLI Community, Thank you so much for joining us at our gala YLI 25 on September 22, 2016 to celebrate our 25 years of youth leading and creating social change. This was our biggest fundraiser in the organization’s history with over $125,000 raised, and I am deeply humbled that all of you have chosen to invest in … Continued