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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May 4, 2018 · 

Selma Passes Policy for Smoke-Free Parks

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 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