Staff

The Young People For staff is a group of dedicated young leaders who promote our nation’s core values by identifying, engaging, and empowering youth and equipping them to create positive social change in their communities.

 

Adriyanna Andreus

Adriyanna Andreus

Fellowship Intern Adriyanna Andreus is currently a sophomore Political Science Major and Community Development minor at Howard University. She is originally from East Orange, New Jersey but currently resides in Rockaway, New Jersey. On campus, she is involved in Chapel Assistants; Build a Dream, Trio Scholars, New Jersey Club, Howard University College Democrats and the National Council of Negro Women. Her past experiences include serving as the president of two years of the E.R.A.S.E. (Eliminating Racism and Sexism Everywhere) Club, the lead attorney for her Mock Trial Team and an active member of Junior Statesmen of America. Adriyanna has had a great deal of experience in politics, social justice and civic engagement both locally and internationally. In her community, Adriyanna have served as a participant in her city council as well as the spokeswoman for her local high school. She also interned in the United Sates Capitol Building with her Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen. Recently Adriyanna attended the first International Summit in Cap-Haitian, Haiti. She was one of the 7 students to represent the United States out of the 100 students chosen. All through her experience, Adriyanna was continuously involved in in lectures, tours, workshops and roundtable discussions all devoted to an engaged in-depth thinking on the education in Haiti. After graduating from Howard University, Adriyanna plans to obtain her Juris Doctor degree in International and Comparative Law to focus on civil rights and social equality and join the United States Peace Corps. Her ultimate career goal is to service and progress Haiti’s legal and educational system.

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Marion Andrew Humphrey

Marion Andrew Humphrey

Fellowship Program Manager and former Fellowship Associate Andrew Humphrey hails from Little Rock, Arkansas, where he attended the historic Little Rock Central High School. In his position, Andrew leads the recruitment and selection of the Fellowship class and the logistics around YP4’s events and programs. Andrew is a 2010 graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, where he majored in sociology and minored in Chinese and worked as the Head Resident Advisor for diversity initiatives and as a Senior Admissions Fellow. After graduation, Andrew moved to Beijing, China and worked as an Associate Counselor/SAT Prep coach for Far View Academic Consulting. In 2011, Andrew returned to North Carolina as a Deputy Field Organizer for Organizing for America, through which work he continued his advocacy for inclusive, progressive policies and institutions that honor the diversity and autonomy of our nation’s communities.

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Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum is Director of Youth Leadership Programs. An alumnus of Florida A&M University (FAMU), former president of the Student Government Association, and FAMU's first student member of the Board of Trustees, Gillum became the youngest person ever elected to the four-member Tallahassee City Commission in February 2003. Gillum has held prominent leadership roles such as Mayor Pro Tem, ChairmanCapital Region Transportation Planning Agency and lead commissioner for the Long Range Community Based Target Issue Committee. In keeping with his mantra to uplift and build the collective community, Gillum has championed several community initiatives including the Nims Middle School Digital Harmony Pilot Program, the Landlord Tenant Mediation Program; the Code Enforcement Amnesty Program; and the creation of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Park. Gillum served as Field Organizer and statewide Director of the "Arrive With 5" program with People For the American Way Foundation. He organized the largest "Arrive With 5" get-out-the-vote campaign in Florida's history. He also worked as Deputy Political Director with the Florida Democratic Party. He founded PFAW Foundation's Young Elected Officials program, which unites elected officials age 35 and under in a network which supports them with leadership and personal development training and public policy support.

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Chagan Sanathu

Chagan Sanathu

Alumni Program Coordinator Chagan Sanathu has a long history of engagement with the YP4 Program, first as a 2010 YP4 Fellow and later as a Fellowship Associate. As the alumni program coordinator, Chagan works with the 12 person Alumni Board to help support the YP4 program. A major part of her new role is to cultivate and grow relationships within the alumni network. She graduated in 2012 from Goshen College with a degree in business and public relations. In 2011, Chagan was selected to participate in the New Leaders Internship program with the Center for Progressive Leadership where she developed critical skills that she still uses in her job today. Chagan interned at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities where she researched the effects of child tax credit and earned income tax credit on low-income communities, with an emphasis on women who survived domestic violence. She is a former board member for National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum-DC Chapter, where she worked on fundraising to support the chapter’s work on immigration reform, reproductive justice, and other issues impacting the API community and is an active member of the chapter.

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Gabriela De Golia

Gabriela De Golia

Advocacy Associate Gabriela De Golia is a San Francisco native and recent graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she earned a dual degree in government and science and society. At YP4, she leads civic engagement and advocacy initiatives, including the money in politics and fair courts campaigns, nonpartisan voter engagement projects, the YP4 blog, and more. She has been involved in grassroots organizing for many years. While a student, she registered hundreds of peers to vote, fought voter suppression efforts targeted at students, and successfully collaborated with Connecticut legislators to increase the state penalty for voter suppression from a misdemeanor to a felony. She also created and chaired Wesleyan’s first student government committee dedicated to strengthening the Middletown-Wesleyan relationship and worked as a peer advisor to assist diverse groups of students in navigating the college process.

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Gabrielle Weiss

Gabrielle Weiss

Gabrielle is passionate about ending systems of privilege and oppression and building a just and equitable society. She has previously organized on campaigns for environmental protection, healthcare reform, and employment non-discrimination for LGBTQ people. She seeks to transform spaces of privilege and exclusivity by educating others on privilege, allyship, and the necessity of an intersectional lens on social justice work.

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Joy Lawson

Joy Lawson

YP4 Director Joy Lawson began her career as a student organizer at the University of Kansas. There she worked with local organizations as well as city and state school boards to ensure Kansas youth received medically accurate sex education by campaigning local and state school boards. For her work on sex education, Joy was awarded Choice USA's Generation-to-Generation Chapter Leadership Award. Soon after, she joined the field staff at Choice USA as a National Field Associate and later as the Midwestern States Field Coordinator. Joy joined the People For staff in February 2010 as YP4's Advanced Leadership and Alumni Program Manager. Since 2010 she has worked to ensure that the relationships and work completed during the YP4 Fellowship are sustained and supported over the long-term. Under her leadership, over 60% of the alumni of Young People For have reengaged with the program. Joy is also a Midwest Academy graduate, a proud Rockwood Art of Leadership: Women in Racial Justice alum, and a 2006 Grassroots Organizing Weekend trainer.

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Karen Schillinger

Karen Schillinger

Coordinator of Member Advancement Karen was bit by the campaign bug early in life and began volunteering and interning on several campaigns across her home state of Arizona. She graduated from Cornell University in 2012 with a degree in Policy Analysis and Management. While at Cornell, she ran four years of Varsity Track and Field and wrote for the top-ranked Cornell Daily Sun newspaper. During her senior year, Karen began working on the campaign of current Ithaca Mayor, Svante Myrick. She served as his campaign Field Director. After successfully knocking on every door in the City of Ithaca ten or more times, Mayor Myrick became the youngest mayor in the State of New York and Ithaca’s first African American Mayor by winning all eighteen election districts with 55 percent of the vote. Karen continued her work on grassroots campaigns for another young elected official, Nate Shinagawa. She worked as his Field Director on his nationally-recognized Congressional race in the Southern Tier of New York. Despite being in a relatively conservative district and outspent two-to-one, the campaign came within just points of defeating the incumbent Congressman. These two campaigns taught Karen the influence and impact that young people can have within their own communities. Most recently, Karen has worked in U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s Syracuse office as his Deputy Regional Director. Karen looks to incorporate the skills learned in Senator Schumer’s office with her campaign field experience to engage and empower the next generation of progressive leaders through YP4.

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Poy Winichakul

Poy Winichakul

Poy Winichakul is the Courts Matter Youth Leadership Consultant at People for the American Way Foundation. She also serves as the Co-Director of LaunchProgress Action Fund and LaunchProgress PAC, which encourages and supports young progressives running for their first state or local office. Poy previously served as Special Assistant to the President at the Brennan Center for Justice, where she helped oversee the day-to-day operations of the think tank and public interest law firm, including the organization's programmatic work on campaign finance reform, fair courts, voting rights and elections, and redistricting. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, she served as Executive Director at Helping Oberlin Maintain Equity (H.O.M.E.), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the impact of the home foreclosure crisis in northeast Ohio. She has worked on multiple issue and electoral campaigns and has previously worked with Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and with Senator Russ Feingold’s Progressives United PAC. Poy is a 2010 Young People For Fellow, a former Young People For Board Member, and a 2013 graduate of the Front Line Leaders Academy, a candidate training program of the People for the American Way Foundation. Poy received her B.A. from Oberlin College.

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Samantha Paige

Samantha Paige

Alumni department intern Samantha Paige was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she currently resides. She graduated from Oceans Lakes High School in 2013 and went on to attend Howard University where she is currently pursuing a degree in Strategic Legal Management Communications with a concentration in Legal Communications and a minor in business. In high school, Samantha was proud to remain an Honor Roll student all four years. She was a member of her school’s Destination Imagination team as a Junior, before going on to become president her senior year. She was also a member of her school’s FBLA chapter, and spent her summer volunteering at 4-H summer camp throughout high school. Also in her senior year of high school, Samantha was a debutante in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc., Gamma Delta Omega Chapter Cotillion, where she was second runner up for Miss Cotillion. After graduating high school, Samantha went on to attend Howard University. As a Freshman she joined the Residence Festival Debate team, and participated as a cross examiner in the debate. Currently, as a Sophomore, Samantha has recently. She is currently volunteers for WHBC’s promotions department, is an intern at Young People For Alumni Program, and is a Junior Residence Assistant for her dormitory. One day Samantha hopes to apply her creative writing talents to the business world as a Marketing strategist, and her legal communications degree to practicing business law. Her ultimate goal is to become Federal Judge.

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Tey Hoskins

Tey Hoskins

Fellowship program intern Tey Hoskins is a student at Howard University in Washington DC, he is a Political Science major, Theatre Arts Minor. Tey has held numerous leadership positions on his campus as well as in his community. Tey serves as the Vice President for the Howard University Chapter of College Democrats, he also serves as secretary of the Howard University Debate Team. In high school Tey was elected the Youth Governor for the State of Missouri, through the YMCA Youth In Government program. Through this program Tey was allowed the opportunity to effect change throughout his home state. In 2011 Tey passed a bill to cap PayDay loans at his local state conference, shortly after passing a member of the House of Representatives passed the bill into State Law. Tey used outlets and opportunities such as the Boy Scouts of America to effectively help his community and the surrounding communities. Tey achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, in 2012, making his last project under the Boy Scouts a waiting park for GED students at a local church.

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Verone Bernard

Verone Bernard

Fellowship Assistant Verone Bernard is a senior political science major and economics minor at Howard University by way of Boston, MA. She was a 2013 YP4 Fellow and an intern with the YP4 Fellowship Program from September 2013-April 2014. As a Fellow, she worked to improve dialogue at Howard University around women's rights and reproductive health, civic engagement opportunities, and other progressive causes. Supporting YP4's collaborative projects, she organized Howard's campaign on Money in Elections. Her Blueprint, which is still in works, seeks to serve as a resource to individuals who need a refresher regarding their civic rights. From reproductive justice to voter identification laws, to laws that deal with law enforcement, Verone hopes to provide creative programming at Howard and a mobile application that will give a state-by-state analysis of the law, provide resources for counsel, and connect users with ways to report individuals when their rights are violated.

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Vidushani Jayalal

Vidushani Jayalal

Fellowship Associate Vidushani Jayalal is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland (UMD). During her time at UMD, Vidushani engaged students in direct service and reflective dialogue through service-learning projects. After graduating, Vidushani served as the Health Advocacy Fellow at the League of United Latin American Citizens where she focused on supporting and advocating alongside local communities on healthy living and health care issues. Vidushani brings with her skills in curriculum development, grassroots organizing, and mentorship. In her position at YP4, Vidushani supports fellows through the Blueprint and Individual Leadership Development Plan, in addition to working to grow YP4 curriculum and strengthen the mentorship program.

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