The Youth Leadership Institute builds communities where young people and their adult allies come together to create positive community change that promotes social justice and racial equity. For over 20 years the Youth Leadership Institute has sparked the leadership of young people to solve pressing social issues and serve our communities. YLI’s community-based programs are located in San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo and the Central Valley. In addition to the serving four California counties, YLI provides customized trainings, consulting, evaluation, and technical assistance services nationally. YLI is committed to engaging and developing young people of color, low-income youth, and other non-traditional youth as researchers, advocates, and agents of social change. With support from YLI staff and through authentic partnerships with other key adult allies, young people build the skills necessary to research the issues that most affect them and their communities, develop campaigns to advocate for change, and partner with local stakeholders to implement these changes in their respective communities.
The Program Coordinator (PC) works in partnership with youth (ages 16 – 24) to organize, empower and mobilize youth and their communities to win real improvements for San Francisco young people. The PC will train and support youth leaders to develop and deepen political consciousness, assess and understand issues impacting their health and well being, build relationships and partnerships with youth and community supporters, and drive citywide campaigns that mobilize supporters, create long-term systems and/or policy change and build power for future victories.
The Program Coordinator will implement this work through a Health Equity framework to address health equity issues through policy. The PC will work in partnership with public health leaders, community partners, and youth leaders primarily from Bayview Hunters Point, Mission, and Tenderloin to address the health equity issues youth face in their communities. The PC will center youth voice, lived experience, and ideas to shape the ways in which youth and adult partners will address health inequities in communities in the southeast corridor. Our programmatic framework broadly defines health equity and is shaped by the needs of young people in our communities.
The Program Coordinator will identify, recruit, and retain youth and young adult leaders; supervise youth leaders; implement and manage youth meetings; support assessments, support base building, and campaign actions determined by the youth leaders. The PC is responsible for managing all of the logistics and functional tasks necessary for meeting the goals and objectives of the assigned campaigns, and forensuring that the young people are experiencing high quality and culturally relevant leadership opportunities. The Program Coordinator will work to support overall SF campaigns, initiatives and staff, prepare appropriate materials, collaborate with community partners, and develop and lead training for youth leaders and other campaign partners.