Summer 2020 Youth Leadership Institute
This year's Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) was one to remember as it marked our first time offering a virtual institute! In the past 10 years, our summer program has shifted from weekend camping trips in Big Bear to week-long institutes at our home office in Santa Ana. Given precautions for in-person gathering, our schools team worked diligently to transform our traditional institute to a 4-week program.
Students met weekly, every Tuesday and Thursday for 1.5 hours to explore and learn about social justice movements, social justice terms, identities and experiences of their peers and themselves, leadership skills for organizing, and basic overview of community organizing and restorative justice practices.
This summer our YLI graduated 49 students from over 30 high schools across 16 cities in Orange County!