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These are the Solutions: An Interview with Lola Amador

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Lola Amador is a senior at Independent Study School in Marin and serves on the Marin County Youth Commission. The tragic events at Parkland ignited her organizing efforts on gun control, and she has participated in a series of actions to elevate the issue and ensure meaningful legislation is passed. On March 14th, she took … Continued

Trump Freezes Critical Resource for Mental Illness and Substance-Abuse

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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

Youth-Led Sticker Shock Campaign Raises Awareness about Underage Drinking

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The air was still cool on the morning of October 28th when youth leaders from YLI and Fresno County Friday Night Live gathered in front of the local FoodsCo with banners, buttons, pledges and a slew of bright yellow stickers. These dedicated young people had risen early on a Saturday to educate the community about … Continued

Fresno Youth Policy Win: “Safe Place” Fresno Unified School District

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On Wednesday, March 8, Fresno Unified School District unanimously passed the “Safe Place School District” policy, to make schools safe for undocumented youth and their families. ICE agents will not be able to enter school district property unless specifically required by law. A youth leader from our Boys and Men of Color Program, Neng Thao, … Continued

Tackling Transportation in San Mateo County

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Youth leaders from Half Moon Bay and South San Francisco join forces at the innovative School for Public Transportation Reform with the goal of understanding public transit challenges to access/affordability, key transit decision-makers in San Mateo County and the political history of public transit in the Bay Area. This learning is facilitated by Urban Habitat … Continued

Marin Forum on Teen Drinking Highlight Marin County Youth Commissioners

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By Janis Mara, Marin Independent Journal POSTED: 08/31/16, 6:38 PM PDT Thirty-three Marin teens intercepted on a party bus carrying drugs and alcohol in June. Recurring violationsof Marin’s social host ordinance designed to crack down on teen drinking. Seventeen deaths from drug overdoses of all ages in 2014. With these grim facts in mind, Marin … Continued

Fresno’s First-Ever Youth Commissioners Appointed By Mayor and City Council

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Sixteen youth leaders in high school and college were sworn in last week as the very first members of The City of Fresno’s Youth Commission. The Youth Commissioners were selected and appointed for a two-year term by Mayor Ashley Swearengin and each of the seven Fresno City Council members. The event was featured widely in local media. Please … Continued