Helping talented young progressive leaders create long-term change on the issues that matter to them most
Building A Better Now
Young People For (YP4) is a social justice incubator. We provide life-long social justice leadership training to unlock the potential of young people historically left out of opportunity. We are a national network that centers black, brown, indigenous, disabled, and LGBTQ+ leaders in education, media, politics, business, government, and everywhere.
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
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.
YP4 inspires me. It is so critical that those people who value the same things YP4 stands for are given the resources they need to find success as social justice advocates and as progressive leaders. YP4 has served, for the last 16 years, as a critical role in providing resources, mentorship, training, and support to young leaders.
Tip Wonhoff / Class of 2006
The best thing YP4 has done is to allow me to be a mentor to others in the movement and those I consider part of my community. YP4 is a conscious reminder that you are not alone in the fight for social justice and change. Often the burden of “doing it alone” can feel so heavy, but when you meet hundreds of people across all corners of the country, you realize the community you had all along. That is beautiful—that is inclusivity.
Cortney Sanders / Class of 2014
YP4 has been integral to my development as a movement leader in the social change space because of the remarkable people I’ve met and the conversations I’ve had. These have changed my life for the better, and continue to impact my life long after the fellowship year has ended.
Alix Swann / Class of 2019
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.
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.
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.