Advanced Leadership Development Opportunities 

The Youth Leadership Programs of People for the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) continue our commitment to life-long leadership development by guaranteeing that the relationships and work completed during the YP4 Fellowship are sustained and supported over the long-term.

Advanced leadership opportunities are available to all alumni who have successfully completed Young People For’s programs. Alumni are notified of open opportunities through the YP4 website, monthly newsletter, program updates, and targeted outreach.

Components of our advanced leadership work include:

Read more about advanced leadership opportunities on our Alumni Network page. If you have other ideas about how we can make the YP4 Alumni Network a success or support the current work that you are doing please let us know!

Senior Fellowship

The application for 2012 Senior Fellows is now open. A select few alumni will have the opportunity to work with advanced coaches and receive resources to  continue an existing Blueprint for Social Justice or implement a new one.  In this competitive program Senior Fellowship support is catered to the needs of each participant and can include internship placement, technical assistance, and career coaching. Fellows are eligible to apply for additional support after the successful conclusion of their fellowship year. There are a limited number of spots so apply now!

Career Center
The Career Center houses a variety of professional development programs and resources designed to assist Fellows and alumni  in having lifelong roles in the progressive movement. The center's resources equip Fellows and alumni with informational tips and publications—valuable resources for anyone seeking a job in the movement or seeking advice on how to develop and maintain their progressive career.

In addition, the Career Center programs provide fellows with opportunities for individual and group professional development coaching during their college years and sustainability coaching as they mature in the progressive community. In 2010, YP4 launched a Young Progressive Jobs Listserv and the Progressive Academy Online Career series, which provides job listings, resources, and online trainings to help fellows and alumni secure a career in the progressive movement. 
For more information, visit our Career Center.

Career Coaching
We are excited to offer YP4 Career Coaching. We know that in order to create lasting change our alumni and Fellows need continued access to resources like career coaching. With youth unemployment the lowest it's been in 60 years, we want to ensure that our alumni are able to secure jobs in the progressive movement. That's why we're offering a limited amount of one-on-one coaching sessions to our Fellows and alumni. To sign up for your YP4 Career Coaching session complete this form

Progressive Academy Online

The Progressive Academy Online helps Fellows and alumni stay on the cutting-edge of issues, including immigration, the environment, and  reproductive justice, and learn real-world skills, including how to start a nonprofit, managing a campaign, running for public office and spread ideas through the arts, media and think tanks. 
Progressive Academy Online sessions are free, open to everyone, and taught by experienced professionals who use interactive activities along with resources that fellows and alumni can access and use at their own pace. 

2012 Progressive Academy Online Career Sessions:

Marketing Your Best Self: Resume and Cover Letter Tips

How to Ace a Job Interview

Negotiating Salary and Benefits in an Economic Recession

Corporate Accountability Project

The 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. the FEC has created an environment where the voices of ordinary citizens may be entirely drowned out by powerful special interests that can spend unlimited, unregulated and undisclosed amounts of money to influence our elections. In this new climate, corporations will have more influence over our politicians than ever before. It will be increasingly difficult to hold our elected official accountable to addressing the problems facing our country and world that matter most, such as growing inequality, global warming, the ballooning cost of health care and the debt.

With this in mind, the Corporate Reform Coalition has joined People for the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) and Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) in creating a campus organizing effort to highlight this problem on college campuses. PFAWF has asked their Youth Leadership program, Young People For (YP4), to work with PIRG to engage in campus organizing and pressure the individual investors and institutional clients of Fidelity, Vanguard and other major mutual funds or state pensions funds to vote in support of shareholder resolutions that require greater disclosure of corporations’ political contributions.

Folks interested in working on this project should contact Chagan Sanathu via

Front Line Leaders Academy (FLLA)
The Front Line Leaders Academy (FLLA) is a premier campaign leadership development program offered every year by the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network and Young People For (YP4) to 20 talented young people from across the country. FLLA provides prospective candidates and campaign leaders the ability to learn from successful political campaign professionals.  For eight months FLLA works with young, emerging leaders and provides trainings on a wide range of leadership development and political skills. Fellows receive training on the five core competencies of political campaigns. Fellows selected to this elite academy are trained on how to be an effective candidate, campaign manager, finance director, communication director and field organizer. This campaign and leadership development program offers intense trainings for young leaders who demonstrate the potential and desire to run for office or take on a leadership role within a campaign. For more information on FLLA click here.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College Public Policy Scholarship
In conjunction with its newly established partnership with Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, YP4 is proud to announce the creation of the Heinz College-YP4 Scholarship. Beginning in 2011, Heinz College will award the scholarship to incoming students in the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program who have been YP4 Fellows. The award will be made at the time of admission (no separate application is necessary) and the student will receive at least $6,000 per semester – most will receive more. To be considered, applicants should indicate their involvement with YP4 on the application for admission.

For more information, click here.