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We know our fellows and alumni continue to create sustainable, strategic, and community-driven change. Check out some of the things out alumni have been up to in 2012!
The YP4 Alumni Network guarantees that the relationships and work completed during the YP4 Fellowship are sustained and supported over the long-term.
Several Blueprints created by former YP4 fellows continue to create change in communities across the country. Other YP4 alumni are leading their communities as elected officials, non-profit professionals, educators, campaign professionals, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs.
Many YP4 Alumni continue their commitment to cultivating and supporting emerging progressive leaders as mentors, trainers, and local chairs. YP4 also recognizes the growing need for continuing opportunities for development for our alumni.
YP4 would like to congratulate all our Fellows who are graduating this year! We are so proud to have been part of the work you've done to further progressive issues in your community. We hope that you’ll stay involved with YP4 through our Alumni Network. Please take a moment to tell us about where you're headed!
Thank you to our 2011-2012 Host Committee who raised over $3,000 for YP4 in 2011: Elizabeth Camuti ('06) (Co-Chair), Jon Hoadley ('05) (Co-Chair), Imran Battla ('08), Cici Battle ('10), Rhett Buttle (FLLA '10), Dustin Cox ('07), Sammie Dow (FLLA '10), Peter Gallotta ('07), Laura Hadden, TJ Helmstetter ('06), Andrew Jenkins ('10), Daniel Leon ('10), Morgan Lucas ('06), Sean Meloy ('07), Sam Menefee-Libey ('09), Jameelah Muhammad ('08), Jason Richberg ('06), Ashli Ridenour ('10), and Mike Woodward ('07).
A special thank you goes out to our 2012 National Summit Blueprint Training team & Summit Support staff Sasha Ahuja ('09), Marisol Becerra ('10), Dorien Blythers ('10), Sesali Bowen, Jamarr Brown, Dustin Cox ('07), Crystallee Crain ('06), Eduardo García ('09), Matthew Harris ('10), Diego Janacua ('10), Andrew Jenkins ('10), Sophia Kizilbash, Jess Klein ('07), Robin Lane ('10), Cedric Lawson, Daniel Leon ('10), Felipe Matos ('08), Jameelah Muhammad ('08), Rajiv Narayan ('10), Kendal Nystedt ('08), Raquel Ortega, Lilly Padía ('08), Corey Paris ('10), Ashli Ridenour ('10), Kelley Robinson, Nick Savelli ('09), Yvonne Tran, Vincent Villano, Poy Winichakul ('10), Mike Woodward ('07), Elizabeth Camuti ('06), Nicole Carrero ('10), Charlene Carruthers, Samantha Contreras ('10 FLLA), Jennifer Dunmore ('08),Terah Edun ('09), Quentin Hairston ('06), Nicole Hilson ('10), Jon Hoadley ('05), Andrew Macurak ('07), Nijeul Porter ('09), Luisa Santos ('10), Ruhi Shamim ('09), Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein ('10), Rebecca Thompson, Erica Bennett, Marisa Turesky ('10), Sean Meloy ('07), State Sen. Angie Buhl (SD) ('07), Reem Rahman ('08), Morgan Lucas ('06), Jessica Osborn ('07), and Jason Walker ('09)!
Congratulations to alumni Tommy Tseng ('05), Mike Makarski (FLLA '07), Nekpen Osuan ('07), and TJ Helmstetter ('06) for being selected for the 2012 New Leaders Council Fellowship!
Congrats to 2007 YP4 & 2011 FLLA Fellow Emily Finchum who will be working with the Chicago Public Education Fund as a Education Equality Policy Fellow!
Congratulations to Paul Gomez, 2007 YP4 and 2009 Leadership Academy, and Cordelia Spence-Gomez, 2007, on the most recent addition to their family!
Laura Hadden ('07) is biking 40 miles to help send 40 girls to elementry school in Subharan Africa. Support her in her ride!
Katie Kramer, 2007 Fellow, is teaming up to transform Canine Inspired Change program into a nonprofit so that they are able to reach and assist more lives with animal therapy. Read about Katie’s work.
Congrats to Zach Dryden ('07) who recently started as the Deputy New Media Director at Marylanders for Marriage Equality!
Check out 2008 alum Matthew Segal talking about his work in Financial Times!
Felipe Matos, 2008 Fellow, 2011 Iara D. Peng Awardee, and 2012 Blueprint Trainer, was featured on Huffington Post about his work on the DREAM Act & Presente Action's NO SOMOS RUBIOS campaign in Florida.
Congrats goes out to 2008 Fellow Samia Taouloust-Malik who just received a StartingBloc Fellowship!
So proud to work with Nijeul Xaviere Porter, 2009 & current Fellowship Committee Chair of the YP4 Alumni Board! Check out this video about his work producing theatre for social change at Howard University and at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company!
Congrats to Sakeena Kenton ('09) who recently started as the Multicultural Recruitment Officer at Florida State University.
Major congratulations to Adriana Cortes Luna ('09) who recently joined the Feminist Majority Foundation as their National Campus Organizer!
Congrats to Alyssa Meyers ('10) who, after two years of waiting, has been accepted as a Fulbright Scholar in Kyrgyzstan!
Congratulations are in order to Andrew Jenkins, 2010 Fellow and 2011-2012 Alumni Board Member, who was recently hired by Choice USA and has had several articles featured on RH Reality Check.
Check out 2010 Fellow Andrew Jenkins, "There is more at stake for young people in 2012 than ever before and we have to seize this political moment for what it is: an opportunity to strategically invest in young people. We have to give them the information and resources they need to take back our political system from the institutions and power structures that benefit from our disenfranchisement."
Congratulations are in order for Sofia Campos, 2010-2011 Fellow, who recently joined the United We Dream Board!
Don’t miss 2010 Fellow Rajiv Narayan's video on the beginnings of a farm bill in California here.
2010 Fellows Brandon Storm and Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein and 2011 Fellow Ivan Rahman traveled to Washington, DC with the DMI Scholars 2012 Winter Institute Weekend to continue cultivating their research, writing and professional skills.
We are very excited for 2010 Fellow Laurie Bailon who was accepted to Harvard's Graduate School of Education and will be attending in the Fall!
Congratulations to 2010 Fellow Keely McCaskie who was selected to be a 2012 UDALL SCHOLAR!
Congrats to 2010 Fellow Juve Meza who has been selected as one of OutFront Minnesota's 25 under 25.
Congrats to 2010 Fellow Mikaela Kelly who just accepted her dream job at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center!
Check out 2010 Fellow Maitria Moua registering voters in the Fresno Hmong community! Keep up the great work!
Proud of 2010 alum Daniel Leon who is American University's Phi Epsilon Pi Scholar for Diversity. Congrats Daniel!
Congrats to Marina Shalabi, 2010, who begins her term today as ASUA Diversity co-Executive Director.
2010 Fellow Richard Aviles just presented their Blueprint for Social Justice, “Breaking Oppression Through Expression”, and continues to research and write around queer theory and queer identity and the arts.
Check out 2010 Fellow May Mgbolu’s video on her juvenile justice work in Arizona here.
Great Job goes out to Naomi Ashan ('10) for receiving the Fannie Bigelow Prize from the University of Rochester! We are also exicted that Naomi will be coming to DC to work for Center for Community Change!
Adejire Bademosi, 2010 Fellow, is continuing to work on her Blueprint, learn about her new initiativesThe Innovation and Enterprise Leadership Instituteto make change NOW.
Check out what 2010 alumnus & 2012 Blueprint Trainer Rajiv Narayan has to say about access to education in California!
This summer Daniel Leon, 2010 Fellow, 2011 Alumni Intern, 2012 Blueprint Trainer, will be the High School Program Coach at the Clinton Foundation in NYC. There he will be selecting and supervising the high school interns at the foundation and ensuring that they are provided with the best college prep and work experience. This fall Daniel will be the Events & Logistics Intern at the Future of Music Coalition. There he will be helping organize the annual Policy Summit which brings together hundreds of musicians and policy makers to speak on how policies impact musician's incomes and health. Finally, Daniel was chosen to present his research on individuals' perceptions of community change (specifically gentrification and revitalization in DC) at the Annual School of International Service Undergraduate Research Conference. Congrats Daniel on all your accomplishments!
We have selected two Senior Fellows, Joseph Reaves and Shinei Gibbs, both 2010 Fellows. They will receive funding to continue to work on their Blueprints for Social Justice.
Congrats Alon Mazor ('10) who recently accepted a job at J STREET. We can't wait to have you in DC!
Check out 2011 Fellow Celia Burke's blog on Environmental Justice.
Brave and proud 2011 Fellow, Yaxal Sobrevilla, came out with 7 of her undocumented peers at the March 10 kickoff of the Coming Out of the Shadows. Watch the video(Yaxal starts at min 5:30).
We are incredibly proud of 2011-2012 Fellow Ariel Boone who wrote a bill to get UC Berkeley student government to move its $3.5 million out of Bank of America and urge the university to do the same. We are thrilled to announce that it just passed unanimously in UC Berkeley's student senate! Check out her article about the bill here. Read
2011 Fellow, Celía Burke’s blog post on Environmental Justice, We Are Power Shift.
2011 Fellow Amanda Matos was recognized as "Junior of the Week" at Columbia University.
Congratulations are in order to Kat Kouot, 2011-2012, whose work with USC Nisei Diploma Project recently resulted in honorary baccalaureate and master's degrees being awarded to the Nisei/Japanese-American students who were forcefully removed from their education and interned during World War II! Read more here.
Leanne Trujillo, 2011-2012, just was accepted to Grad school at Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU!
Congratulations are in order to 2011 Fellow Manny Rin who will be joining the CALPIRG staff as a Campus Organizer!
Congrats to 2011 Fellow Catherine Oakfor who was invited to write for the Huffington Post and whose Blueprint was featured in the local newspaper!
Congrats 2011 Fellow Mayra Hidalgo who was invited to blog for Huffington Post Latino Voices!
Congrats to Falon Shackelford, 2011-2012, on another successful event promoting Environmental Justice and the green economy!
Congratulations are in order to 2011 Fellow Casey Clowes who was awarded a Salt River Alumnae Panhellenic Association scholarship!
Check out 2011 Fellow Christian Alfaro's Blueprint in Action!
Congrats to Aja Weston ('11) who will be interning with Planned Parenthood!
Proud of Falon Shackleford ('11), Chelsea Lunn ('11), Dillon Harvey ('11), & Phy Tran ('12) who are all 2012 Academy Fellows with Roosevelt Campus Network this summer!
Congratulations to 2011 Fellow, Alli Lindner, on completing her Blueprint! Alli hosted a training on resisting street harassment of all forms. Check out the amazing photos of QRASH here.
Congrats to Belle Yan, 2011, who was recently accepted to the San Francisco City Fellows program!
Elena Swartz, 2011 Fellow, recieved the Congressional Gold Medal Award earlier this month.
The Huffington Post and the Wilson Times recently ran pieces on 2011-2012 YP4 Fellow Catherine Okafor’s Blueprint for Social Justice.Seeing a growing need in her community, Catherine started the WISE Girls camp (Women Inspiring Success and Empowering Girls) to help empower and inspire young females and teach them about topics including body image, self-esteem/self-confidence, life goals, health, fitness and more! She is also working on a College Admissions Boot Camp to provide high school students with key resources during their college admissions process. Planning both daylong camps to include several workshops and activities, the goals of these camps are to promote the success of younger generations.
Major congratulations to Elena Swartz, 2011 Fellow, who was awarded both the Dr. Hayley S. Thomas Prize in Diversity at Bryn Mawr College and the Bolton Prize from the Bryn Mawr Growth and Structure of Cities Department for achieving excellence in her senior thesis . With the Bolton Prize Elena plans to travel to New Orleans to understand how performance art is being used by residents to cope with conflict in the post-Katrina city.
Check out 2011 Fellow John Harris III's spoken word piece on Trayvon Martin.
Check out 2011 Fellow LaShay Cherry's film on love and freedom!
Congrats to 2011 Fellow Mel Meder who just recieved a grant to work full-time this summer with the national Student Global AIDS Campaign!
Congrats Gabrielle Shulruff, 2011, who was accepted into Performing Arts Abroad Theater program in Costa Rica!
Check out 2011 Fellow Paul Cato's Blueprint in Action! We're proud to be part of the amazing change you're creating at Swathmore.
To engage the rest of the Carleton and larger Midwest community in her Blueprint Shantrice King, 2011, hosted a conference entitled "Sex, Lies, and Things Our Mothers Never Told Us: How Reproductive Justice Fits into Every Aspect of our Society." Attendees had the opportunity to attend 13 different workshops presented by a diverse group of activists, community organizers and students. The conference featured entertainment from Brown Girls Burlesque, a pioneering burlesque troupe populated by women of color, and a keynote from Loretta Ross, the National Coordinator for SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. The conference was aimed to change the way in which the Carleton community thinks about reproductive freedom but also the many facets of society that inform reproductive choices. See photos or read remarks from one conference attendee.
Last year we tragically lost an inspiring Fellow, Jacob Neumann. Please take a moment to watch the documentary that his friends put together. We miss you Jacob.
Check out 2011 Fellow Karlanna Lewis' Blueprint in Action!
Check out 2011 Fellow Erik Lampmann's idea in Roosevelt Institute Campus Network's 10 Ideas series.
Check out 2011 Fellow Chelsea Lunn 's work on the Vanderbilt Garden Initiative!
Check out 2011 Fellow Tiesha Cassel's Blueprint!
Congrats to Emily Patka, 2011, who just received her site placement for Americorps next year and wanted to let y'all know what she'll be doing. There she will be working with Siena College and Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility to expand their prison-based education program, recruiting faculty and finding ways to improve and sustain the program.
Congrats to Brittany Stallworth ('12) who joins a long history of YP4 Fellows in receiving the Brower Youth Award!
Congrats to Esteban Roncancio, 2012-2013 Fellow, whose transfer to Brown University was accepted with a full scholarship! We can't wait to work with you!
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