This evaluation report explores the evolution of the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), an annual convening of youth leaders, youth organizers, adult allies, and educators from across New England. The report closely examines the first several years of YLI, tracking its growth and challenges through the eyes of youth, adult allies, and Nellie Mae staff. The end of the report presents findings from the evolution of YLI, including lessons on convening youth-led meetings, fostering youth-adult partnerships, and how funders can support youth voices.
YLI is about the relationships that are developed across organizations and across individual young people. The relationships and solidarity in this work have grown every year. For example, we now see a group in Boston and one in Maine working on the same thing. It is about nurturing the relationships formed at YLI and beyond.