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Who are the innovative and promising young progressive leaders and activists in your life? Nominations play a crucial role in our fellowship search process. Anyone can nominate a fellow. Self-nominations are appropriate and encouraged.
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Andrew Macurak is a 2007 fellow from the University of Pittsburg and a participant in YP4’s internship program for senior fellows. For his summer internship, Andrew will work as a program coordinator for Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, a coalition of organizations representing low- to moderate-income communities and working for economic justice, equitable investment practices, and sufficient financial resources to revitalize communities throughout the Pittsburgh area.
Andrew writes, “YP4 has given me training that has increased my skill and confidence as a young professional. But more than anything, YP4 has tapped me into a network of young people who are passionate about social change and professionals who have made it their lives, and it is this momentum that has given me the encouragement and perspective to pursue my goal of a career in community development.”
Jeremy Bearer-Friend: Jeremy completed his first fellowship placement at the Greenlining Institute, where he was organizing students in support of tuition relief, and has since been working at Justice Now, organizing around issues of prison reform. In this video, Jeremy speaks about how he believes young people can be involved leading the progressive movement and how YP4 has opened the doors for him to take that step.
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The Leadership Academy wants you!
Apply to YP4’s pinnacle leadership development program for new grads and young professionals. For 10 months you’ll get three all-expense-paid leadership development retreats, mentorship from an established movement leader in your area, one-on-one coaching, networking opportunities, support to attend conferences and more. You can even apply for a $30,000 paid fellowship. Applications are due May 16.
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Shouts out to YP4 and the Young Elected Officials Network. Plus, fellows organize for a women’s center, against Tasers on campus, and get elected to student government.
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1Sky: Mother’s Day Call to Action
The 1Sky campaign would like to ask the YP4 family for your support in the Mother’s Day Call to Action. Climate change will have implications for all our work in the progressive movement and impact food, water and national security as well as our health, economy and society.
We all have families, younger brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews who will feel the effects of our carbon economy down the line. Please help us create a dramatic visual statement by sending in photos, artwork, and visuals of people and places that are important to you and will be impacted by climate change. Or help organize or participate in Mommy Meetups and Stroller Marches happening across the country.
Visit www.1sky.org or contact Carolynn or Ada, your YP4 family at 1Sky.
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The Young Elected Officials National Convening
Last week, YP4 sent a delegation of fellows and staff to attend the Young Elected Officials Network’s National Convening in Little Rock, Arkansas. The conference was attended by more than 120 young elected officials from across the country, including some recently elected YP4 fellows and graduates of the Front Line Leaders Academy. The young elected officials in attendance were trained in essential skills, from public speaking to fundraising, networked, and shared best practices as a community.
Young reporters: Rock the Trail
As young voters are coming out in record numbers, WireTap magazine is thrilled to partner up with Rock the Vote to support the work of five emerging reporters for Rock the Trail project.
The issues and voices of Rock the Trail reporters will be posted on RocktheVote.com,
WireTapMag.org and BET.com, and will also be available for viewing on AT&T mobile phones and occasionally the WashingtonPost.com.
Rock the Trail reporters will be paid a $500 monthly stipend and supplied with a laptop,
cell phone and video camera to rock the 2008 campaign trail. Rock the Trail reporters will work approximately 10–15 hours a week from May 15 to November 30. If you're a U.S. citizen between the ages of 18–29 and interested in reporting on one of the most exciting times in U.S. politics, complete your application by May 7!
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GENIUS: Are all students safe at your school?
One-third of college students report being harassed or discriminated against on campus for not fitting expectations of masculinity or femininity. That’s according to GenderPAC’s GENIUS (Gender Equality National Index for Universities and Schools) Index.
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Cornell special summer school session about labor
Cornell University will host a special summer school session from June 8–13 for undergraduate and graduate students interested in working in the labor movement. The session is co-sponsored by the AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Research. Applications are being considered on a rolling basis; the final deadline is May 9.
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National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality
The twelfth annual National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality will be held July 9–11 at the Howard University School of Divinity. The National Black Church Initiative says, “This year’s theme is ‘The Dawn of a New Day,’ which is so appropriate during an election year when we have heard so much about change from the political parties. In the National Black Church Initiative, all that we have done throughout the past twelve years has prepared us to make major changes within our churches relating to issues of sexuality.”
If you’re a YP4 fellow who’s interested in going, contact your fellowship associate for possible financial support.
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2008 fellow Elody Gyekis has designed, organized and painted three community murals in inner-city Harrisburg. She spoke with us recently about her Blueprint for Social Justice, working with the community and what makes it all worthwhile.
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Deborah Jeane Palfrey-DC Madam, Commits Suicide (Gabriela McCall-Delgado, 5/1)
Nurture Over Nature? (Beverly Halloran, 5/1)
Progressive Christian: oxymoron? (April Joy Damian, 5/1)
The United Nations: Its Moral as well as Legal Obligations to Zimbabwe (George Mtonga, 4/30)
Conspiracy Theory or Intentional Neglect?: Race, Class, Political Association, History, and Hurricane Katrina (Nicole Iaquinto, 4/29)
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Young People For, based in New York City, is hiring a leadership associate, leadership coordinator, communications associate and communications director. We also have full- and part-time internships. Join us!
People For the American Way Foundation has internships available and is hiring an assistant to the president as well as several development positions.
Future 5000, a project of the Generational Alliance, is hiring a project director.
Rock the Vote is hiring a political director and an online organizer.
S.C.O.U.T. B.A.N.A.N.A., founded by 2007 fellow Alex Hill, is looking for summer staff/interns (program associate, internet marketing team, tech director and video editor). Contact Alex for more information.
United States Student Association is hiring a training director, legislative director, communications director and more.
Progressive Academy Online
This week, we’re learning about economic insecurity in the middle class in Tough to Vote, Tough to Get By: Economic Insecurity and Barriers to Civic Participation, a course co-organized by Demos.
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Right wing watch on campus
What do you do when Ann Coulter comes to your campus? 2008 fellow Betsy Ott at Northern Michigan University organized a Truth Rally with the Progressive Student Roundtable “to promote diversity, tolerance [and] acceptance.”
For liberal indoctrination, gun bans and “pro-homosexual clubs,” check out the latest round-up!
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YP4 staff updates
Headed for law school in the fall, Andrew Meade will spend this summer volunteering and traveling in Central America. Andrew joined the People For staff as a Policy and Field Associate in the New York Office in July 2006, and then transitioned to the Young People For team in September 2007 to serve as a Training and Network Associate. Andrew has done a terrific job of managing the program components of YP4’s advanced leadership trainings and has provided thoughtful support to fellows as they participate in education and leadership program activities.
Matt Johnson has accepted a position with the Observer Media Group, the parent company of The New York Observer, where he’ll assist with the technical aspects of expanding the Observer’s blogging presence. Since joining the YP4 team as IT Project Manager last summer, Matt has played an important role in managing web application development that is critical to YP4’s external public site and internal services for staff and fellows.
We wish Andrew and Matt all the best.
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