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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December 10, 2023 · 

Youth host a zine storytelling workshop at the Palm Springs Art Museum

October 16, 2023 · 

yli partners with Freedom Forward and moves into the San Francisco HYPE Center, increasing community outreach!

September 9, 2023 · 

We’Ced Youth Media covers Merced’s County PrideFest 2023

August 26, 2023 · 

Youth journalists publish Walk with Us (Summer 2023) / Camine con Nosotrxs (Verano 2023)

August 14, 2023 · 

Marin youth host Social Justice Retreat

July 13, 2023 · 

Mobilizing Youth to Nix Tobacco holds a community forum in Madera County in collaboration with American Cancer Society Action Network and Madera Public Health

June 30, 2023 · 

BLING grants $100,000 to 11 youth groups across San Francisco and celebrates 10 years of grantmaking

June 14, 2023 · 

Youth host Venetia Valley PRIDE Week

May 24, 2023 · 

HOPE youth hold press conference on social media

After three years of building this work from a grassroots level, HOPE youth leaders and adult allies came together to deliver a powerful press conference in partnership with Assemblymember Buffy Wicks and California First Partner Jennifer Seibel Newsom.

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May 14, 2023 · 

Hamilton Middle School hosts Earth Day Event