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Ruben Vogt Ruben Vogt, 2005 YP4 and 2012 Fellow, is a native of El Paso, TX and holds bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and English/ American Literature from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where he also earned a Master’s of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies. Ruben is a recipient of the YP4 Norman Lear Alumni award and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for leadership and public service. Through his Blueprint Ruben founded CYnergy (, a program whose goal was to develop disadvantage border youth into social entrepreneurs. Because of his work with CYnergy he has won multiple national awards and highlighted in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teen Soul.” Ruben has traveled extensively both in the Middle East and South America as an ambassador of civic engagement while immersing in other languages and cultures. Professionally, he has served as a Legislative Analyst for the Texas Senate focusing on healthcare and environmental issues. Ruben has also served as the Public Policy Director for El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and now focuses on issues related to the U.S./Mexico border and national security.


Phone: Cynergy The Center for Civic Engagement and Young People For, a project of the People For the American Way Foundation, have joined forces to sponsor the CYnergy Fellowship program for high school students from the El Paso Community. The CYnergy Fellowship seeks to empower a new generation of civic minded individuals to take leadership roles in society and make positive social change. By harnessing the energy of El Pasos young population, the CYnergy Fellowship will raise awareness and encourage service-learning and civic action. Young People Fors three Fellows at the University of Texas at El Paso Lorena Jimenez, Dianna Moreno and Ruben Vogt have designed the CYnergy Fellowship and organized a week long leadership training summit from June 12 June 17, 2005. Still running today the program has since trained 90 high school students through three Fellowship classes.