yli makes me think of bonding and learning with folks from different cities and states, and becoming educated about some of our most pressing issues across the world. yli is truly an organization for youth and young adults.
Brideisha Harness-Parker, Alumni


Young people – particularly youth of color and their allies – are deeply motivated to address inequities in their communities. At Youth Leadership Institute, young people realize their power by learning to use their voices to create meaningful change.

We work within coalitions and with elected officials to promote policy change that makes our communities more equitable and just for young people, especially young people of color. And it’s paying off with over 130 policy wins so far.

Change happens when conversations take place. At yli, we believe that conversations of real significance only occur when all voices are heard. And we’re here to ensure that youth voice is heard. Loud and clear.


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June 28, 2022 · 

BLING grants $85,000 to 9 youth-led projects in SF

May 26, 2022 · 

Wellness Centers officially opened across all 4 high schools within Conejo Valley USD

May 16, 2022 · 

YAPC own hall offers self-care resources to youth and community

March 1, 2022 · 

yli launches San Mateo Youth Advocates Program

October 10, 2021 · 

REP559 Launches

September 10, 2021 · 

Boys & Men of Color program closes