San Mateo

Youth Vote San Mateo County

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YLI is My Story

Young people have powerful insights on what is going on in their communities — and they are fearless in defying the status quo to push for change. However, they often miss out on a key opportunity to make their voices heard: voting. In Daly City, for example, only 14% of youth turned out at the June elections.

Forward-Looking Public Transit Plan Headed for November Ballot in San Mateo

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Campaign Victories

How about a round of applause, everyone? We deserve to congratulate ourselves. Over the last year, the Transportation Equity Allied Movement Coalition (TEAMC) along with our community partners — YOU — have been fighting the good fight to ensure that San Mateo County’s next transportation ballot measure moves for us: for youth, seniors, people with … 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

When Organizing Gets Personal: Fighting PayDay Lending in Pacifica

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YLI is My Story

“Social change really hit me right before the election…There is no longer a neutral.” Karina Gamez, 16, knew she had to do something after the November presidential election last year. She had learned about payday lending when YLI staff made a presentation on economic justice at Oceana High School. This predatory financial practice targets low-income … Continued

New Podcast addresses Public Transit in San Mateo County

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YLI is My Story

In this new podcast, YLI Program Directors Fahad and Montzerrat discuss the history of public transit in San Mateo County and how improvements can benefit us economically, socially and environmentally. They also share the challenges to access and affordability of public transit that our community faces, and how they are bringing together youth, schools and decision-makers … Continued