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YLI Acquires YouthWire, A Cutting-Edge Youth Media Organization

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Our History

Youth voice in California just got LOUDER. Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) is announcing the acquisition of YouthWire, a youth media organization that produces hyper-local news content in underserved communities. YouthWire is the first statewide collaboration of youth reporters anywhere in the country. The unanimous board decision follows months of work by both organizations, our respective … Continued

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

When We Rise Up As One, WE WIN: MErcedTOO Campaign Scores Major Policy Win Against Sexual Harassment

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Campaign Victories

Last Wednesday, the Merced Girls & Womyn of Color (GWoC) stood up against sexual harassment in their schools — and WON. The June 13th Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) Board meeting was filled to capacity. Students and other community members wore t-shirts and carried signs. Brave young leaders stood up before the Board, their … Continued

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

YLI Partners with Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands to Activate Youth Leaders in Monterey County

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YLI is My Story

Last month, girls and their adult allies from across Monterey County gathered for a 3-day intensive training with the Youth Leadership Institute to enhance their leadership skills. They are participants in Girls Health in Girls Hands, a girl-led movement that empowers girls to have a voice in their own healthcare. The training came at an … 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

YLI’s 120th Policy Win Wipes Juvenile Fees from the Books

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Campaign Victories

When a critical new law is passed, we celebrate. There’s that flood of relief, that flush of jubilation, punctuated by cheers, tears, and hugs all around. Those of us who have spent months, years, decades fighting for change – taking surveys, holding community meetings, meeting with decision-makers, staging rallies, collecting signatures and endorsement letters, and … Continued