At the core of yli’s Training and Consulting Services is the belief that just, equitable systems, organizations, and programs can only be achieved by actively including everyone’s voice – especially those that are most often left out.

Our array of innovative trainings draw directly on the powerful youth leadership programming we are developing alongside our youth leaders everyday in the field. These field-tested trainings provide young people, youth programs, practitioners, policymakers, foundations, public institutions, researchers, and other stakeholders across the country and beyond with the tools and skills they need to authentically engage youth voice.

Our Menu

To ensure the highest quality experience, yli customizes our training and consulting services to meet your group’s unique needs. Our trainings are interactive and incorporate a wide range of training tools and techniques to accommodate diverse learning styles. Trainings can be adapted for youth, adults, or youth and adult groups.

Topics include:

  • Foundations of Youth Development
  • Youth Leadership Development
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
  • Organizational Development for Youth Participation:
    • Youth representation on Boards of Directors
    • Youth Advocacy Councils
  • Amplifying Student Voice in the Classroom
  • Environmental Strategies for Positive Social Change
  • Policy Advocacy:
    • Youth-led Action Research
    • Strategic Action Planning for Policy Campaigns
    • Media Advocacy
  • Program Evaluation Strategies


StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a popular tool for building awesome teams. The StrengthsFinder training seminar helps individuals and teams understand, apply, and integrate their strengths into their respective roles.

  1. Engaging Employees & Teams Through Strengths: Employees will discover how to use and develop their natural strengths to enhance their organizations as an individual, a team member, and/or team leader.
  2. Developing Strengths-Based Managers & Teams: Managers will discover and unlock the potential of their own talents and strengths and then learn how to use their strengths to manage, develop, coach and motivate strengths-based teams.

Communities Mobilizing For Change on Alcohol (CMCA)

CMCA is a nationally recognized program that uses community-organizing strategies to reduce youth access to alcohol by changing community policies and practices.

yli’S CMCA training and consultation packages are designed to support communities through the initial launch of their model program, development of community coalitions, and the drafting of policy to effect change. Communities can choose a 2-day overview training or a 6-day intensive training package.

yli is the exclusive national trainer for CMCA. 

Visit the webpage to learn more and download the full brochure here.

Org Services

yli provides organizations foundational professional development, coaching, and capacity building services tailored to meet your unique needs.

Our skilled trainers partner with you to optimize your resources and staff in supporting authentic youth engagement:

  • Facilitation and Meeting Management
  • Train-the-Trainer
  • Consulting and Coaching Workshop
  • Development Curriculum Development
  • Participatory Decision Making
  • Community and Team Building

Cursos en español

yli is proud to offer culturally competent monolingual Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English trainings, ensuring that coalition members, volunteers, parents, and youth feel welcomed and empowered to make changes in their communities.

El Instituto Liderazgo de Juventud ofrece cursos en español. Para mas información, mande un correo electrónico a Yammilette Rodriguez: [email protected]

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