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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January 11, 2024 · 

Marcos Vega (Marin Organizing for Racial Equity) is awarded Youth Volunteer of the Year at the Heart of Marin Awards

December 10, 2023 · 

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

December 5, 2023 · 

Disability Justice sub-committee hosts 4 disability justice workshops for Marin Programs Winter Celebration!

October 16, 2023 · 

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

October 14, 2023 · 

A new Club Live Chapter starts at Davidson Middle School

September 9, 2023 · 

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

September 5, 2023 · 

Youth from North, West and Washington neighborhoods in Long Beach lead community tours to elevate their lived experiences

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