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 28, 2022 · 

BLING grants $85,000 to 9 youth-led projects in SF

June 17, 2022 · 

Four Kerman youth organize and facilitate workshops on Merchant Education and Social Media at the Statewide Friday Night Live Youth Summit

June 14, 2022 · 

Novato Youth Advocacy Council successfully advocates for a new district wide student dress code

June 6, 2022 · 

We’Ced Youth Media releases Not So Happy Memories, a ‘zine highlighting mental health and toxicity

June 5, 2022 · 

yli Long Beach launches a flagship Instagram account @yli.lbc

June 1, 2022 · 

Youth Advocacy Leadership League publishes ¡oye! Ntsia nov! Our Youth Experience, Volume 2

June 1, 2022 · 

The kNOw Youth Media’s annual publication “Shift” is published

May 26, 2022 · 

Wellness Centers officially opened across all 4 high schools within Conejo Valley USD

May 17, 2022 · 

Kerman Friday Night Live/Club Live youth present their prevention and community engagement efforts before the City of Kerman Parks & Rec Commission

May 16, 2022 · 

YAPC town hall offers self-care resources to youth and community

May 3, 2022 · 

Hispaña Youth Leadership Program youth present their policy recommendations on youth mental health to Assemblymember Arambula and Senator Caballero

April 23, 2022 · 

Kerman Friday Night Live/Club Live youth organize and host the Annual Teen Summit

March 1, 2022 · 

yli launches San Mateo Youth Advocates Program

February 6, 2022 · 

We’Ced Youth Media’s The Power of Choice is distributed by the Merced County Times