Our Impact

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 120 policy wins so far.

Change happens when conversations take place. At Youth Leadership Institute, 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 14, 2018 · 

Youth Win ‘Cultivators of Change’ Award

BHC Merced awarded two ‘Cultivators of Change’ awards to YLI young people. First, We’Ced Youth Media was recognized for their part in leading the Trans Day of Remembrance + Trans & Intersex Rights March Merced which was the first ever in Merced County. Girls and Womyn of Color were also awarded the prize because of … Continued

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November 29, 2018 · 

Measure W Passes, Raising $80 Million a Year for Transportation

After weeks of counting votes for an unprecedented midterm election turnout, it appears that San Mateo’s transportation tax, Measure W, has passed by a razor-thin margin. The measure will generate $80 million per year in sales tax revenue for the next 30 years to improve public transit, create safer bike and pedestrian routes, reduce traffic, … Continued

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June 13, 2018 · 

Merced Youth Demand Changes to Sexual Harassment Policy at School

Girls and Womyn of Color youth and staff advocated and facilitated for the passing of several policies that will create safer conditions for students and staff at Merced Union High School District. The school board adopted the following changes: Youth will be represented on the School Board, either as appointed members or with voting rights … Continued

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May 4, 2018 · 

Smoke-Free Parks Selma Passes

April 2, 2018 · 

Fresno County Adopts SB 190 that Reduces Juvenile Justice Fees

March 30, 2018 · 

City Council Creates Youth Jobs Task Force

September 7, 2017 · 

Novato Social Host Ordinance Amended

July 1, 2017 · 

Marin County Social Host Ordinance Expansion Passes

June 5, 2017 · 

Smoke-Free Parks Kerman Passes

November 2, 2016 · 

Tobacco-Free Parks Adopted in Kerman

July 30, 2016 · 

Fresno Civic Engagement Task Force Includes Two Youth Seats

May 22, 2016 · 

Fresno Business Council Reserves Seat for Fresno Youth Commission

March 1, 2016 · 

Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Tobacco 21 Ordinance Raising Purchasing Age

January 3, 2016 · 

Fresno Amends Code to Reduce Alcohol Signage in Stores

October 7, 2015 · 

San Mateo City Council Pass Smoke-Free Ordinance in Multi-Unit Housing

August 30, 2015 · 

Resolution to Reduce Alcohol Saturation

August 7, 2015 · 

Daly City and South San Francisco Councils Pass Resolution Supporting Strong Payday Loan Regulations

June 30, 2015 · 

City of Brisbane Amends Smoking Ordinance

May 20, 2015 · 

Burlingame City Council Pass Smoke-Free Ordinance in Multi-Unit Housing

May 8, 2015 · 

Parkway Heights Middle School Improves Packaging and Meals

April 30, 2015 · 

San Francisco Approves Smoke-Free Ball Parks

December 10, 2014 · 

Landmark “Tobacco Sales Reduction Act” Passes

November 11, 2014 · 

Daly City Council Pass Smoke-Free Ordinance in Multi-Unit Housing

October 20, 2014 · 

San Mateo County Passes Smoke-Free Ordinance in Multi-Unit Housing

August 21, 2014 · 

Daly City Limits Payday Lenders in City Limits