Youth Leadership Institutehttp://www.yli.org
What We Do:
Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) builds communities where youth and their adult allies work together to create positive social change. The creation of YLI was fundamentally about testing a premise: that young people could be successfully engaged in taking on the big challenges facing their communities. Or, to state it most simply, that youth leadership could work and could matter. Over the years, YLI has joined with thousands of young people and their adult allies in creating and refining a community-change model that engages youth in assessing community needs and then designing and carrying out advocacy campaigns to address them. This has created fundamental shifts in how youth are perceived as community problem solvers.
Who We Are:
YLI has regional offices in Fresno, San Francisco, San Mateo and San Rafael to support local youth in taking leadership roles to address the critical issues facing them and their communities, including alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems; teen pregnancy; youth violence; nutrition and obesity in society and culture; and self-esteem and marginalization issues among young women. Out of these community-based programs, YLI's Professional Services team translates lessons learned into curriculum, conducts trainings, and provides participatory evaluation and consulting services that share and demonstrate evidence-based ?best practices? with advocates and youth development practitioners across California and nationwide.