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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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 16, 2014 · 

Tobacco Retail Density Ordinance Passes

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.

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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

May 14, 2014 · 

South San Francisco Passes Anti-Payday Lending Ordinance

April 18, 2014 · 

Electronic Cigarettes Prohibited Where Traditional Cigarettes Are Banned

February 20, 2014 · 

Daly City Passes Social Host Ordinance

November 19, 2013 · 

Redwood City Passes TRACE Ordinance

October 31, 2013 · 

San Francisco Schools Restrict Tobacco Promotional Items

August 4, 2013 · 

Multi-Unit Rental Properties Must Disclose Smoke-Free and Smoking-Optional Designation

July 31, 2013 · 

Smoke-Free Public Events Ordinance Adopted

July 18, 2013 · 

Novato Bans Styrofoam Containers

May 8, 2013 · 

Fresno Unified Adopts Restorative Justice Pilot Program

In June 2012, YLI’s Fresno office started facilitating a collaborative effort of several youth development organizations working to increase student attendance and achievement, entitled Students United to Create a Climate of Engagement, Support and Safety (SUCCESS). The SUCCESS team utilizes the YLI youth development, youth action research and youth advocacy frameworks to improve local school … Continued

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March 31, 2013 · 

Novato Unified Changes Policies to Make LGBTQQ Students More Safe

In 2011 YLI’s Marin County Youth Commission (MCYC) released a report titled “Safe and Healthy School Environments for All”. The report was based on the findings of a youth-led survey that studied personal and emotional safety for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth in Marin County public schools. Using this report, MCYC youth partnered … Continued

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January 31, 2013 · 

San Francisco Bans Tobacco Companies from Sponsoring Social and Cultural Events

October 19, 2012 · 

San Rafael Bans Styrofoam Containers