YLI is my story

YLI’s 119th Policy Win Means Jobs for Fresno Youth

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“There is no way to get out if there is nothing to do. That was my personal connection, the increasing gang violence, and what it has done to my community….Youth want to work, and they need work.” –Jaylin White, Fresno Youth Commission Youth unemployment means something different depending on where you are. In affluent communities, … Continued

Queens and Kings: Daya’s Poem

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YLI is My Story

Queens and Kings –by Daya Smith-Mojica U see i tried to build myself back up because i didn’t like who i saw in the mirror but as i tried to fix a broken image i had to come to terms that this is what i’ve created i’ve created a reflection of manifestation manifesting everything i’ve … Continued

YLI Alums & Staff Honored at Heart of Marin Awards Ceremony

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YLI is My Story

On Thursday, January 11th, YLI Alum Maureen “Mo” de Nieva-Marsh was honored for her work at RxSafeMarin with the Excellence in Innovation Award at the 25th Annual Heart of Marin Awards Ceremony. “When I was a student at Dominican University of California I was leading a double life toggling between a personal substance use problem and what seemed like a life … Continued

Filling in the Blanks: Youth Spotlight from 2016-2017

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In high school, lecture notes were projected onto a screen, and dotted with blanks for the students to fill in. “It was as though we couldn’t write the notes ourselves,” reflected Nailea Lazarit, who is now a freshman at Fresno State University. She believes that young people’s sense of competence and ability is deeply shaped … Continued

YLI Celebrates Jenny Lee’s Four Years of Youth Leadership

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YLI is My Story

“My journey throughout Washington [High School] has transformed me. I remember my first day, when I was a bit nervous, shy, and lost, surrounded by red lockers and heather grey hallways, I had no idea where the gym was, nor my next English class. Despite my struggles, I soon found more opportunities to grow from … Continued

Successful 1st ever statewide Youth Commission Convening

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“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