Helping talented young progressive leaders create long-term change on the issues that matter to them most

Our Mission

Building A Better Now

Young People For (YP4) is a national long-term leadership development program for college-aged folks, that aims to identify, engage, and empower young people who are historically left out of the leadership development pipeline to take action in their community.

We’re dedicated to encouraging young people to be campus and community leaders today, while supporting them with the skills and resources they need to create the change they want to see, now. Our Fellows and Alumni create Blueprints for some of the most game-changing social justice work in the nation.


The Fellowship

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Civic Engagement

Find out how we help reshape communities.


Upcoming Events

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Applications for the 2019-2020 YP4 Fellowship class are open! Apply today.


Join us for YP4’s 15th Anniversary National Summit Reception.

Be our guest for an awards ceremony to honor Alumni and Partners that have been outstanding members of the YP4 family, followed by a reception with food, drinks, dancing, and more!

YP4’s 15th Anniversary National Summit will bring together current Fellows, Alumni, and partners over Presidents’ Day weekend. This year’s National Summit Theme is Rooted and Rising, rooting ourselves in our rich history, in the power we’ve built and the victories we’ve won, while leveraging this power to rise and expand our impact.

We’ll celebrate the communal resilience of our network and look towards the next 15 years and beyond as we continue to grow and sustain a national network of over 1900 social justice leaders who are Building a Better Now.

Free Resources

Everything you need to get the job done.

We’ve created dozens of toolkits, newsletters, and other easy-to-use resources to help young people further their social justice and organizing work. Topics range from fundraising and job searching to event planning and building community coalitions.

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Join our network of over 1,800 young progressive leaders!

YP4 gave me the understanding of my work and shaped how I navigate political systems, as well as provided the best worldwide network of friends and colleagues.

Gigi Traore / Class of 2005

[YP4] is the reason that I have the resources, the know-how, and the confidence to run for office. My trainers and the peer network have been immensely supportive.

Dustin Cox / Class of 2007

From the Black Lives Matter movement to the fight for our Dreamers, we are all connected and in this movement together. As one big YP4 family, be proud of where you come from.

Alray Nelson / Class of 2012
Lifetime Investment

YP4’s leadership development model is rooted in a lifelong commitment to the young people who come through the Fellowship program. We don’t invest for a few months or even just a year; we invest for a lifetime.

Ongoing Engagement

Through our Alumni Engagement opportunities, former YP4 Fellows stay connected with each other far beyond the fellowship year, building a diverse progressive movement with a strong sense of family.

Collective Support

Our extensive Alumni Network cultivates and supports the newest generation of progressive leaders by nominating and selecting our Fellowship class each year, serving as mentors and trainers, and more.

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