YLI is my story

YLI Alum Edith Martinez Shows How YLI Opened Doors

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YLI is My Story

“The skills, opportunity, and experience that YLI offers help to motivate youth so much. You can be heard and you can be political at any age. You don’t have to be scared that you will be shut down for having a different idea. You can make a change.” Edith Martinez is a YLI alumna and … Continued

YLI 25 Celebrates 102 Policy Wins and 86,000 Youth Served

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Our History

Dear YLI Community, Thank you so much for joining us at our gala YLI 25 on September 22, 2016 to celebrate our 25 years of youth leading and creating social change. This was our biggest fundraiser in the organization’s history with over $125,000 raised, and I am deeply humbled that all of you have chosen to invest in … Continued

B.L.I.N.G. Youth Philanthropists Michelle and Iveth Bring Social Justice to a Conference

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“Social Justice must be included and balanced with traditional philanthropy. We must push intersectionality and diversity. We must take risks and challenge the status quo.” – Youth Leader at 2016 Youth Philanthropy Connect conference Michelle and Iveth, who are youth grantmakers with San Francisco’s B.L.I.N.G. program, (Building Leaders in Innovative New Giving), had the opportunity … Continued

BMoC Youth Leader Ricky in The Fresno Bee: “It is time that youths have the opportunity to really show our city what we can do…it takes more than words to make change; it’s time for action.”

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Congratulations to our Fresno Boys and Men of Color young leader, Ricky Reyna, who was recently published in The Fresno Bee newspaper. His opinion piece, “Ricky Reyna: Fresno’s youths find their voices,” highlights youth voice and the policy wins that are giving young people a voice and space at the decision-making table. Ricky Reyna’s quoted text is below: Recently, the … Continued