YLI eNews

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

Marin County Youth Commissioners Policy Win Reduces Youth Drug Use

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Campaign Victories

Last month, YLI celebrated its 103rd policy win! The Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to enhance the Social Host Ordinance (SHO), which holds adults responsible for underage alcohol and drug use in their households whether or not the adults are present. The amendment included adding marijuana to the language, expanding locations to include party buses … Continued

The San Mateo County Youth Commission Gets it Done!

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YLI is My Story

The San Mateo County Youth Commission gets it done! From the environment and immigration, to digital privacy and the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, 25 youth commissioners between the ages 14-21 addressed the critical issues affecting our communities. With special assistance from Supervisor Carole Groom’s office and the San Mateo County Health System, we … 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

Successful 1st ever statewide Youth Commission Convening

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Campaign Victories

“The Youth Commission Convention was one of the most impactful things I’ve done as a part of Marin County Youth Commission.” Ethan Strull shared this reflection during the closing activity of the final Marin County Youth Commission (MCYC) meeting of the year. Ethan currently serves as the co-chair for MCYC and sat on the planning … Continued

YLI Wins Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award

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Our History

YLI started the year off with a bang. YLI was honored to receive the Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence award from the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership at its annual Heart of Marin event on January 12. In addition, two of our incredible youth leaders, Jose Gomez and Noah Block, also received Youth Volunteer awards. … Continued

Coastside Youth Council member Margarita on Community Work: “I would do it for any other community because communities help each other”

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YLI is My Story

  Coastside Youth Council (CYC) member Margarita, 19, is cognizant of one common link uniting her efforts around  alcohol regulation, transportation, and economic security policies: “The work we do makes me realize whom, these issues impact the most. What unites all these is the fact that they disproportionately impact minorities. That’s a totally different aspect … Continued

Meet Janet and YLI Movers and Shakers in September eNews!

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YLI is My Story

[cmsms_row][cmsms_column data_width=”1/2″][cmsms_text animation_delay=”0″] When Janet Salcedo moved to Kerman, CA in eighth grade, she was shy. Neither of her parents had completed high school, back injuries limited their ability to perform work, and they sacrificed a lot to make sure Janet and her two siblings had access to education. The Central Valley became a home … Continued