National Seed Community: Fresno, CA

Youth Leadership Institute – Fresno Boys and Men of Color

About the Applicant

Youth Leadership Institute’s mission is to build communities where young people and their adult allies come together to create positive social change by providing training, tools, and resources for effective advocacy and by leveraging the experience of adult allies.

About the Project

Founded as a program of Youth Leadership Institute in 2010, Fresno Boys and Men of Color is a community of young leaders who heal, advocate, and serve to make a healthy home for all. The program follows the institute’s proven model, which weaves together job skills development, adult-youth mentoring relationships, and youth-led advocacy campaigns. In just the past three years, the program has advocated for, and won, numerous reforms with the potential for broad systems-level impact.

The program directly serves a cohort of approximately 30 young men of color who come from some of Fresno’s most marginalized communities. Ages range from 14-to-26, and the group’s racial and ethnic makeup roughly mirrors that of Fresno’s communities of color.

Key Implementation Partners

  • City of Fresno
  • Fresno Barrios Unidos
  • Neighborhood Thrift
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • The Know Youth Media
  • Fresno Public Schools