YLI is my story

Menlo College Students Celebrate Elections

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yli is My Story

Before graduating high school, I believed that “my vote doesn’t matter” and “who cares about candidates.” Although I held several leadership positions in high school, I never looked outside my school bubble to invest my time and attention in local and federal elections. I did NOT care about politics. 

Calafia’s New Mag is Hot Off the Press!

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Campaign Victories

Seven young women across California engaged in yli’s Calafia fellowship to produce a magazine centering on Intersectional Feminism. The stories, each written by the young writers, take on issues such as: Street harassment, gender norms, beauty and identity, queer issues, women’s history in classrooms, women farmers, and more.

The Time it Takes: From the Frontlines of Youth Development

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Campaign Victories

When I first started facilitating, I felt really impatient. Since I had not been in a high school setting in a long time, I had forgotten what it looked and felt like. I had also forgotten how shy young people can be, and how much time it takes for them to open up.

I am a Collage

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yli is My Story

I am a collage of cultures and experiences. I reflect on the lives of my abuelos and the ancestors that came before with gratitude for the life I love now. 

How Loans Shape our Lives: The Story of My City Series

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yli is My Story

Student loans have been reaching an all-time high, but student loan debt isn’t the only financial problem weighing on people, especially in Merced, California. Here, Mercedians discuss how their experiences with loans shape their lives.

The Feminism Club: The Story of My City Series

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yli is My Story

The Gender Equality Club at Edison High School in Fresno is a group on campus dedicated to providing a safe space for feminist-minded students to come together, participate in discussion and share important news about current events in their community.