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 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

October 11, 2012 · 

Board of Supervisors Pass Resolution to Recognize National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 2, 2012 · 

Novato School Board Limits Alcohol Promotion at Events

September 8, 2012 · 

San Rafael School Board Limits Alcohol Promotion at Events

August 19, 2012 · 

San Rafael School District Changes Policies to Make LGBTQQ Students More Safe

February 11, 2012 · 

San Rafael Resolution Establishes Alcopop-Free Zone

January 31, 2012 · 

Novato Resolution Establishes Alcopop-Free Zone

October 22, 2011 · 

Tamalpais Union High School District Limits Alcohol Sponsorship at School Events

August 31, 2011 · 

County Bans Single-use Plastic Bags

June 13, 2011 · 

Pacifica Passes Social Host Ordinance

October 31, 2010 · 

Smoke-Free Public Transit Vehicles, Stations and Stops Passes

October 31, 2010 · 

Smoke-Free Service Waiting Lines Ordinance Adopted

October 31, 2010 · 

Smoke-free Charity Bingo Games Ordinance Passes

October 31, 2010 · 

County Bans Styrofoam Containers

August 31, 2010 · 

Citywide Alcohol Fee Passed by Council

YLI staff and young people worked with community partners to mobilize support for a citywide fee on alcohol over the spring and summer of 2010. YLI staff and San Francisco Community Action Live (SFCAL) youth developed key messages, created an educational video targeted at youth and prevention providers, and carried out a youth-lobby day at … Continued

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August 29, 2010 · 

Menlo Park Adopts Social Host Ordinance to Reduce Alcohol Access

August 28, 2010 · 

Smoke-Free Public Housing Adopted

August 23, 2010 · 

Ordinance Bans Smoking in Common Areas of Multi-Unit Housing

August 14, 2010 · 

City Bans Smoking at Farmers Markets

June 18, 2010 · 

Menlo Park Adopts Tobacco Retail License