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 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

June 5, 2023 · 

Youth Fund winners complete an educational zine to share the experiences of BIPOC, First Gen and LGBTQ+2

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

April 14, 2023 · 

Eastern Coachella Valley youth co-publish Childhood Asthma and the Salton Sea Zine in collaboration with UC Riverside School of Medicine Center for Health Disparities Research

January 23, 2023 · 

Daly City Bay Leaders conduct a survey on the sexual assault culture on their school campus

December 22, 2022 · 

Westmoor High School students stage a walk out to bring attention to sexual assault culture on campus

November 14, 2022 · 

Marin County Youth Commission partners with the Marin County Elections Department to train youth commissioners on how to host voter registration drives

November 14, 2022 · 

Marin County Youth Commission partners with Marin County Parks to create a survey for youth that will help identify the barriers of accessing parks

September 1, 2022 · 

English Learner Storytelling publishes ‘zine about their experiences in Fresno Unified School District

July 21, 2022 · 

yli youth launch CORAL (College, Outreach and Learning) with their Youth Fund grant