Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)

What the FAX? BMoC’s Fight to Improve Fresno’s Bus System

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Ever ride the bus? When you take the Fresno Area Express (FAX), a would-be 20-minute car ride can easily turn into a 2 ½ journey depending on the bus route you take. Riders can wait up to an hour along certain routes, and the frequent stops all add up. Turns out, there’s nothing “Express” about … Continued

This Work is Rooted in Who I Am

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An interview with Andrea Gil, youth leader in San Francisco’s Community Action Model I am Bits and Pieces, Blended My family is complex. I don’t have one identity. I have bits and pieces of different identities. Both of my parents are from El Salvador – my mom is first generation, my dad was born there … Continued

YLI’s 120th Policy Win Wipes Juvenile Fees from the Books

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When a critical new law is passed, we celebrate. There’s that flood of relief, that flush of jubilation, punctuated by cheers, tears, and hugs all around. Those of us who have spent months, years, decades fighting for change – taking surveys, holding community meetings, meeting with decision-makers, staging rallies, collecting signatures and endorsement letters, and … Continued

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

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

When Organizing Gets Personal: Fighting PayDay Lending in Pacifica

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“Social change really hit me right before the election…There is no longer a neutral.” Karina Gamez, 16, knew she had to do something after the November presidential election last year. She had learned about payday lending when YLI staff made a presentation on economic justice at Oceana High School. This predatory financial practice targets low-income … Continued

YLI partners with SF Prevention Coalition to host 150 youth and adults at annual Meet Up

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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