Youth Leadership Institute

youth leading and creating equitable communities

San Francisco, CA   |  http://www.yli.org

Mission

YLI builds communities where young people and their adult allies come together to create positive social change. YLI designs and implements community-based programs that provide youth with leadership skills in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse prevention, access to healthy food, education equity and philanthropy with an emphasis on civic engagement. Building on more than 20 years of real-world program experiences, YLI creates curricula and training programs that foster youth development and social change efforts across the nation.

Ruling year info

1989

CEO

Patricia Barahona

Main address

209 9th Street Suite 200

San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

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EIN

68-0184712

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Youth Leadership Institute seeks to build power in communities that have traditionally been marginalized. Policy advocacy considers that the commitment to the beliefs and actions that support youth leadership and youth voice often times requires advocacy for community-level changes. Policy Advocacy shifts power, providing community with the opportunity to change their conditions. When youth and their adult allies are viewed as agents of change and as stakeholders in their communities and also provided with opportunities to lead community change efforts, youth and adult voices are valued in the community and present at decision-making tables. 89% of our youth are youth of color, and 67% of our youth are low income. We believe that to shift policies and build equitable communities, these voices must be heard.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The yli Program Model

yli programs across the state are deeply embedded in their local context and reflective of local strengths, needs and coalitions. And each utilizes the yli model where participants experience the following:
Leadership - Youth build deep relationships with peers and adult allies, helping them to uncover their gifts, build confidence in their ideas, and hone the skills they need to make positive community change, like public speaking, community organizing, and campaign strategy.
Research - yli trains young people to conduct research to improve their lives, their communities, and the institutions intended to serve them. In the process, youth gain skills in critical thinking, research techniques, and data analysis.
Storytelling - Through yli’s youth-led media and storytelling campaigns, young people learn to share their stories and activate their communities through social media content, podcasts, OpEds and reported articles, billboards, video and animation, ‘zines and other formats.
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Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Friday Night Live Partnership is a statewide network of youth development groups that engage young people to prevent underage drinking.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Engaging youth in awarding grants for youth-driven and youth-led projects. YLI partners with San Francisco Department of Children Youth & Families to deliver this program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Elevating Youth Voices through media literacy and storytelling.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meetings or briefings held with policymakers or candidates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The yli Program Model

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of policies formally introduced

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The yli Program Model

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The yli Program Model

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Youth Leadership Institute believes that now as much as ever, youth voices can speak on behalf of our most highly impacted communities to affect change at decision-making tables. Youth Leadership Institute believes that the youth of color and their white allies that partner in our programs are the leaders that we need to develop in this country to become the future decision makers, elected officials, and advocates for our communities.

Youth Leadership Institute believes that through 1) investing in the leadership development of our youth, 2) developing the skill to research issues that they care about, 3) engaging in media literacy analysis and storytelling training, and 4) helping youth to lead campaigns based on these skills that have been developed, that we are equipping youth to build the communities that most reflect their own identities.

Youth Leadership Institute has a team of 50 staff who come from the communities which we serve, many of whom have gone through our programs themselves, who lead this work alongside our youth. Over 27 years, we have developed evidence based curricula and training modules which we utilize to develop more than 1700 young people every single week.

As of July 2018, youth in our program have used the skills developed at Youth Leadership Institute to educate law makers and pass 122 laws and policies across California.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Youth Leadership Institute

Board of directors
as of 09/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ivoree Reinaldo

Newfront Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.


Board co-chair

Bill Leitsch

TM Financial Forensics, LLC

Josh Rowe

Youth Board Member

Phil Gonzales

California State University Fresno

Bill Leitch

TM Financial Forensics

Ivoree Robinson

ABD Insurance

Anna Pletcher

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Kristen Belden

Bitwise Industries

Matthew Goulding

Kirkland & Ellis

Laura Harmon

One Workspace

Kaitlin Ketchum

Ten Speed Press

Cameron Kurtz

Richard Perez

The Utility Reform Network

Elizabeth Romero

U.C. Riverside

Luke Torres

Tastes on the Fly

James Wiley

Apple

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/22/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Non-binary
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

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Disability