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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May 4, 2018 · Fresno
Selma Passes Policy for Smoke-Free Parks
April 2, 2018 · Fresno
Fresno County Adopts SB 190 that Reduces Juvenile Justice Fees
March 30, 2018 · Fresno
City Council Creates Youth Jobs Task Force
February 28, 2018 · Merced
December 12, 2017 · San Mateo
On Wednesday, February 28th, YLI expanded our offices for the first time in 14 years!
September 7, 2017 · Marin
San Mateo youth successfully led campaign to end predatory payday lending practices in Pacifica.
Novato Social Host Ordinance Amended
July 1, 2017 · Marin
Marin County Social Host Ordinance Expansion Passes
June 5, 2017 · Fresno
Smoke-Free Parks Kerman Passes
March 8, 2017 · Fresno
November 2, 2016 · Fresno
Fresno Unified adopts Safe Spaces policy for undocumented students after YLI youth speak out at school board meeting.
Tobacco-Free Parks Adopted in Kerman
July 30, 2016 · Fresno
Fresno Civic Engagement Task Force Includes Two Youth Seats
May 22, 2016 · Fresno
Fresno Business Council Reserves Seat for Fresno Youth Commission
March 1, 2016 · San Francisco
Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Tobacco 21 Ordinance Raising Purchasing Age
January 3, 2016 · Fresno
Fresno Amends Code to Reduce Alcohol Signage in Stores
October 7, 2015 · San Mateo
San Mateo City Council Pass Smoke-Free Ordinance in Multi-Unit Housing
August 30, 2015 · Fresno
Resolution to Reduce Alcohol Saturation
August 7, 2015 · San Mateo
Daly City and South San Francisco Councils Pass Resolution Supporting Strong Payday Loan Regulations
June 30, 2015 · San Mateo
City of Brisbane Amends Smoking Ordinance
June 1, 2015 · Fresno
May 20, 2015 · San Mateo
YLI youth, staff and community partners worked tirelessly to get Fresno City Council to create the city’s first-ever youth commission.
Burlingame City Council Pass Smoke-Free Ordinance in Multi-Unit Housing
May 8, 2015 · San Mateo
Parkway Heights Middle School Improves Packaging and Meals
April 30, 2015 · San Francisco
San Francisco Approves Smoke-Free Ball Parks
December 16, 2014 · San Francisco
December 10, 2014 · San Francisco
Youth leaders passed an ordinance that reduced the density of tobacco retailers in the City of San Francisco. More information can be found in the case study authored about this win: Reducing Tobacco Retail Density in San Francisco: A Case Study.
Landmark “Tobacco Sales Reduction Act” Passes
November 11, 2014 · San Mateo
Daly City Council Pass Smoke-Free Ordinance in Multi-Unit Housing
October 20, 2014 · San Mateo
San Mateo County Passes Smoke-Free Ordinance in Multi-Unit Housing
August 21, 2014 · San Mateo
Daly City Limits Payday Lenders in City Limits
May 14, 2014 · San Mateo
South San Francisco Passes Anti-Payday Lending Ordinance
April 18, 2014 · San Francisco
Electronic Cigarettes Prohibited Where Traditional Cigarettes Are Banned
February 20, 2014 · San Mateo
Daly City Passes Social Host Ordinance