Welcome to our December Newsletter!
YP4 made its way across the South! In our efforts to recruit a diverse 2018-2019 Fellowship class, we traveled to Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana to reach folks that have been historically left out of the leadership development pipeline.
Watch our adventures here!
As always, encourage young people in your network to apply. The best way to recruit for YP4 is to share your experience and love for the program.
Share this video with folks that want to know what it’s like to be a part of the YP4 family! They can hear directly from alumni about their experience.
We encourage you to nominate at least one person using this form.
Calling all Boston Alumni!
Come meet Alumni, and young change-makers in the Boston area. Be sure to invite any young people you know who are currently or interested in, creating change in their communities!We look forward to seeing you all there!RSVP on this event page! Invite your friends!
|On our next What's Up Wednesday, #JointheFam Edition, we will be giving a overview of the application process. Please spread the word to folks who you think may be interested!|
Remember that the priority deadline to apply to the Fellowship is December 31st.
Check out our last episode on: Birth Control in Trump's America here!
Attend the Vote and Courts Cohort Webinars!
The Vote and Courts Cohorts are learning opportunities for current Fellows and Alumni to get involved in civic engagement work. Find more information here.
December Courts Webinar
Register: Here by Wednesday, December 6th,11:59 PM EST
Date: December 13th at 8:00 pm EST
Topic: Immigration Courts
December Vote Webinar
Register: Here by Monday, December 11th, 11:59 PM EST
Date: December 18th at 8:00 pm EST
Topic: Election Recap
YP4 ’13 Alan Palaez, grad student and current Fem/Mentor was featured in an article for “them” discussing the importance of intersectionality in queer spaces. Support them by reading more about them here! “Intersectionality is asking what kinds of privileges some LGBTQ community members have and who gets denied them.”
YP4’10 Andrew Jenkins is fighting for resources for LGBTQ+ persons in the state of Montana. He’s currently advocating for folks to sign a petition that will support the Montana Gay Men’s Taskforce HIV Prevention work. Support him by signing the petition here!
YP4’15 MaryPat Hector has successfully completed a hunger strike at Spelman, where she is a student and leader in the National Action Network. The strike raised awareness about the issue of food insecurity on the campuses of Morehouse and Spellman College, and resulted in both institutions committing to 14, 000 free meals each year for students who face food insecurity. Read more about Marypat’s great work here!
YP4’09 Dominick Ardi’s is featured in “Tallahassee Magazine” discussing his passion for combining his love of fashion with his professional goals. To learn more about Dominick’s amazing journey click here!”
Call for Blog Contributors
Interested in writing content for YP4's website?
- Submit a post that is 500-800 words and addressing one of YP4's target issue areas.
- Email your posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fill out this quick survey below to update YP4 on where you are in life, so that we can best support you in your personal and professional work for social justice.
"The moment we choose to love, we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love, we begin to move toward freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.”
When we grow together, we resist together.
Join us on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15th, for a day of collective action by hosting a community dinner in your area.
The goal is for our entire YP4 network to host dinners across the country and send a message that as agents of social justice, we are more united than ever in this work and are committed to growing alongside one another.
Invite folks from inside and outside your circles to have meaningful conversations about what social justice and resistance mean to you.
If you are interested in participating in this day of action, please email YP4alumni@pfaw.org by January 5th.
This month's Featured Fellow is Christelle Etienne from Berkely, California!
When asked what she hopes to gain from her YP4 Fellowship year, she said:
"I hope to learn how to motivate members of my community to be supportive of one another. My goal is that they will work together and take actions to protect immigrants’ rights and guarantee them fair and equal treatment under the law."
Read more about Christelle here.
"Without YP4, I never would have taken on the task of reviving and leading the Queer People of Color Coalition on my campus. Courtesy of the Fellowship, I was able to plan meetings with intention and confidence, as well as elevate the importance of intersectionality throughout the campus' organizing and inclusion efforts."
Read more about Dil here.
Election Day has come and gone and the YP4 network has a lot to be proud of.
Fellows and alumni across the country reached out to their communities with Arrive with 5 and mobilized over 1000 voters nationwide!
There were a lot of firsts Election Day: first openly transgender state lawmaker elected in Virginia, first Sikh Mayor elected in New Jersey, first black woman elected Mayor in Charlotte and so much more. Turnout for local elections was higher than it’s ever been across the nation, and we achieved several victories for communities historically excluded from leadership in our country.
This is due in part to your efforts!
Special thanks to:
- YP4'17 Miranda Brenton – Union, NJ
- YP4'17 Andrew Frazier – Prince George, VA
- YP4'17 Kavi Pandian – Athens, GA
- YP4'17Christelle Etienne – Contra Costa, CA
- YP4'17 Tracia Banuelos – Wichita, KS
- YP4'17 Magge Nunez – Houston, TX
- YP4' 07 Nekpen Osuan – New York City, NY
Media Relations Director
Georgia Legal Services Program
Social Enterprise Manager
Director of Community Engagement
Smart Justice Coordinator
ACLU of New Mexico
Director of Education Strategy and Impact
Child Care Associates
Fort Worth, TX
Policy and Advocacy Officer
New York City, NY
Digital Impact Designer
Los Angeles, CA
Policy and Data Research Analyst
NYC Campaign Finance Board
New York City, NY
Program Coordinator for Strategic Initiatives
Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center
St. Louis, MO
Leadership Center for Excellence
Capital Partners for Education
Los Angeles, CA
Public Health Advocate
Los Angeles, CA
The Community Voter’s Project
Executive Director-Environmental Action
The Public Interest Network
New York City, NY
Union Organizer in Training
Des Moines, IA
Northeast Wisconsin Co-op Organizer
Citizen Action of Wisconsin
Green Bay, WI
New York Campaign Director
Jobs to Move America
Center for Community Change
Northeast Regional Organizing Director
Venture Café Foundation
Community Habilitation Specialist
New York Foundling
New York, NY
Program Director-Juvenile Diversion
Community Youth Services
Council on American-Islamic Relations