The Alumni Council is a capacity-building initiative that provides Alumni with an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and give back to YP4. Each year one YP4 Alumni from each class year is selected to serve on the YP4 Alumni Council. They are chosen based on their level of engagement in the program, their leadership potential, and their community activities.
The Council consists of Alumni from across the country who serve as ambassadors for YP4 by planning networking events, serving as YP4 trainers, participating in advanced leadership trainings, serving as Fem/Mentors for current YP4 Fellows, and much more.
The 2016-2017 YP4 Alumni Council members are:
Alray Nelson is a 2012 YP4 Fellow and an advocate for Native American youth. He is a graduate of the University of Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Politic Science. Born and raised in Arizona, he grew up in the small valley of Beshbetoh on the Navajo Nation. He has served as an executive assistant & adviser for two Navajo Nation Presidents. Last year, the LGBTQ community recognized Alray for his effort to repeal the discriminatory Diné Marriage Act and honored him with the prestigious 2015 Rainbow Naatsíílid Champion Award. As marriage equality become law across the country, Alray together with his partner Brennen Yonnie founded the Coalition for Navajo Equality – one of the largest LGBTQ organizations in the country. Alray’s story has been featured in Details Magazine, the New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Los Angeles Times, MTV News, Indian Country Today, and National Public Radio. Alray resides in Gallup, NM, and is the new Director of External Affairs at Teach for America.
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Armani Madison is a recent graduate of Brown University, where he studied Political Science and History. He is passionate about education, civil rights, youth empowerment, and service for low-income communities. As his Idea Creation-focused blueprint, Armani created the SpeakUp! Oratorical Contest for public high school students in Providence, and coordinated a social media campaign and gallery exhibit, as part of the national “To My Unborn Son” and #BlackLivesMatter movement, at Brown. He is an alumnus of the Public Policy and International Affairs program, the Hope Institute, and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Armani is presently working, over the next two years, to build upon his interest in social innovation and entrepreneurship through Venture for America
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Leslie is a Ronald E. McNair scholar who proudly hails from Detroit, Michigan. She is studying Political Science and Ethnic Studies at Bowling Green State University. She is the former President of the National Council of Negro Women BGSU Section, an organization committed to lead, develop, advocate, inform, and unify African American women on BGSU’s campus. Leslie is dedicated to uniting communities and empowering others through non-positional leadership roles, discussion facilitation, workshops, and sharing ideas. She enjoys using social media as a tool for activism & expression, service project dance-breaks, and supporting the efforts of passionate people.
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