Meet Our Alumni

The YP4 Network has grown to over 1,700 young activists doing social justice work in communities across the United States and the world. For a sense of who is working in your area or where to find other members of the YP4 network, please consult the directory below.

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Total found: 1797

Aaron

Aaron Moreno

Aaron Moreno, a 2008 Young People For fellow, is not your typical college student. Adopting his father’s values of working hard and working for the family, he got a job right out of high school. Now 26, Aaron works to combine his two passions: education and children. At Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, Aaron draws on the life experiences of his fellow students, many of whom are parents, to empower students attending Arizona’s dismally underserved public schools, whose spending ranks 49th in the country. His Blueprint for Social Justice, Chessmates, aims to challenge students and keep them off the streets through games of chess in their local libraries. Aaron plans to transfer to the University of Tucson next year and finish his degree in political science before running for school board.

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Aber Kawas

Aber is a burgeoning community organizer and activist for the Brooklyn and NYC community. Currently, she is completing a degree in International Studies from the City College of New York where she was the president of the Muslim American Psychologist Club. Recently she worked as the Voter Registration Fellow at the Arab American Association of New York, where she worked to register over 2500 minority voters, and The Urban Justice Center’s Street Vendor Project, where she participated in citywide organizing efforts to uphold the rights and dignity of the +20,000 food and merchandise vendors in New York City. Aber also has interned for CAIR New York and is an active member of MAS Youth New York and American Muslims for Palestine. In the future, Aber hopes to pursue her masters in Social Work and work to improve the conditions of immigrants in the New York area by providing programs and services to both them and their children.

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Adam Greenberg

Adam Greenberg

2007 Fellow and former YP4 Intern, Adam Greenberg is grateful. His 20s have been a debt-free decade of backpacking (figuratively and literally backpacking) through work with meaning. And his junior year at the University of Miami was one of his most formative. Adam spoke out for the rights of his campus janitors to form a union as they wished and earn a living wage. He was directly threatened with suspension, expulsion, loss of scholarship, and arrest by his alma mater, but the successful campaign improved the situation of more than 450 families. After graduating, Adam helped rebuild homes with Habitat for Humanity and the people of New Orleans, among two proud terms (2 years) of national service with AmeriCorps. He has since presented across the US with BioTour, a veggie oil bus tour; wrote the new mission statement at TOMS; copy-edited at the White House; and taught, lived, and continued backpacking abroad. Adam was only able to pursue this path because a wonderful scholarship enabled him to graduate debt-free. It is with this grateful spirit that Adam works to make access to affordable education and meaningful opportunities a realization for anyone.

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Adejire Bademosi

A lifelong advocate and entrepreneur, Adejire has led local, national, and international educational projects to uplift communities. Adejire is the Curator of the FoundHER Program which works to empower girls in the US and abroad. Her work has been recognized in publications like TIME and the Baltimore Sun. Currently based on the East Coast, Adejire serves on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, World Innovation Summit for Education Learners Voice Program and the Brookings Institution Learning Metrics 2.0 Working Group.

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Aditi Dinakar

Aditi Dinakar is a sophomore at Creighton University, studying Economics, Health Administration and Policy, with a minor in Public Policy. She is active in Creighton Students Union, and enjoys writing legislation to improve the campus in student government. Aditi also is a programming intern for the Lieben Center for Women, the school’s women center. She is passionate about women’s representation, equal pay, cyberbullying legislation, and other social justice issues. In the future, Aditi would like to work at a non-profit or a public policy consulting firm, actively involved with social justice

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Adori Howard

Adorie is a sophomore at Stanford University. She is passionate about art and storytelling as a way to reclaim history, connect people across generations, and inspire collective action. She wants to learn more about the ways intergenerational trauma manifests itself, especially among historically marginalized groups, and how people can heal from this. Her involvement around campus ranges from cofounding a developing Black Feminist Collective to advocating for improved mental health services. She aspires to develop a community program that would allow for communities, especially those of color and in poverty, to reclaim their power, resist, and reimagine the world we live in.

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Adriana

Adriana Martinez

Adriana is studying Psychology at Santa Fe Community College, where she is a Student Ambassador. Part of her job as an Ambassador is to focus on student retention and graduation. She is also a part of the Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, which work to lower the rates of illiterate people in New Mexico. She has also done work for human rights, such as LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, and the Coalition for Prisoner’s Rights. Her main focus is improving the education system and working with students. She hopes to become a licensed therapist and work with schools as a counselor.

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Adriana

Adriana Ortiz

Adriana Ortiz is a junior at the University of New Mexico who is studying intercultural communication and studio art. She is a first-generation college student who migrated from Mexico at an early age. She has been an active student with Working Classroom, a non-profit arts and theater program for at-risk youth, for four years. She has been an intern, program manager for mural restorations, and apprentice for international and national artists. Adriana is also a member of New Mexico Dreamers In Action and has done advocacy work for her immigrant community. Her passion is creating art for social change, especially when that engages the youth.

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Afsana Akter

Afsana Akter is a youth climate activist with the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) and Global Kids. She was born in Bangladesh and moved to Brooklyn when she was ten years old. She is a recent graduate of Brooklyn School for the Collaborative Studies and a current freshman at Barnard College in New York City.

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Afua

Afua Osei

Afua Osei graduated cum laude from Allegheny College where she received the Faculty Prize for the Best Interdisciplinary Senior Thesis and the Ray Smock Political Science Prize for promise in local and state politics. Afua has served as a New Leader at the Center for Progressive Leadership and a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the Heinz College School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. After graduation, Afua was selected for Campaign Corps, an EMILY’s List campaign training program and worked on campaigns in Illinois, Georgia, New York, and Maryland. Afua is a member of the Prince George’s County Young Democrats, National Council of Negro Women Mitchellville/Bowie Section, Allegheny College Alumni Council and an avid community volunteer with DC Cares.

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Aida Rodriguez

Aida is a student majoring in sociology with a concentration in global and international studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She transferred to the University of Pennsylvania from Palm Beach State College, a community college in South Florida, in fall 2013. Aida first became involved in the immigrant rights movement in 2010 and since then has been dedicated to advocating for the fair treatment of immigrant youth and families. She is very concerned about the injustices Central American unaccompanied child migrants face while crossing Mexico to reach the United States. Aida hopes to continue working on immigration issues and potentially advocating for public policy to protect unaccompanied child migrants.

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Aimee Gone

Aimee is a member of the Fort Peck Sioux tribe and has lived her entire life on the Yakama Reservation. She recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Welfare and plans to obtain a Master’s in Social Work in Spring 2014. In the summer of 2012, Aimee participated in the AFSCME Union Scholars Program where she interned as a union organizer at UCLA. Aimee wants to use her experience with union organizing to alleviate institutional discrimination at the community level.
In addition to the labor movement, Aimee is dedicated to addressing the disproportionate representation of Native American children in the foster care system and work to place Native children in Native homes. In the future, she hopes to use the foundation of her personal and educational experience as a jumping off point for something meaningful and productive for the Native community.

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Aisling Thornton

Aisling is a student at the University of Arkansas where they are studying Psychology and Gender Studies. Aisling serves as the president to the Student’s for Gender Equality on campus and is dedicated to advocating for social justice by combating forces of oppression such as transphobia, racism, homophobia, sexism, and ableism.

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Alan

Alan Pelaez-Lopez

Alan is a grassroots community organizer currently attending Fairfield University. While attending the university, Alan serves as an organizer for the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, advocating for LGBTQ-inclusive immigration reform. Projects involve creating safe, healing space in urban and rural communities; outreaching to local and ethnic media for visibility campaigns; and training undocumented and queer individuals on their rights. Alan is also a part of the Muslim Student Association at his university, and works to raise awareness on Islamic-based issues and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Alaysha

Alaysha Claiborne

Alaysha is a junior at Temple University studying African American Studies. Involved in the facilitation of youth safe spaces she facilitates a media-focused social justice internship for high school students. Her blueprint is also focused on similar capacity building with Black and Brown girls at a near by middle school. Alaysha also mentors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and is involved on campus with Temple’s BSU and NAACP.

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Alejandro Carrillo

Alejandro Carrillo

Alejandro Romo Carrillo is a son of Mexican-immigrant parents, Oakdale native, 1st generation student enrolled at Modesto Junior College, YP4 2014-2015 Alumni and a Community Organizer in Merced for Communities for a New California Education Fund. He has several years of experience in political organizing, community outreach, capacity building and leadership development. Alex got his start in social justice work through the Youth Action Commission of Stanislaus County, in 2007, where he began as a volunteer and within five years was serving as its Executive Director. Alex developed and implemented programs to engage young people (11-18 years old) in civic participation within Stanislaus County. He was also co-founder and President of a student organization called “The Freedom Forum”, a non-partisan political club, at Modesto Junior College. During his time as President of The Freedom Forum, he helped organize and execute a scholarship fund for civically engaged students, raising over $3,000.00 in seed money for scholarships.

Through Young People For, Alejandro developed a social justice blueprint focused on developing young leaders and unlocking their potential in the San Joaquin Valley. He is a member of the Courts Cohort where fellows and alumni develop strategic plans on how to impact the United States judicial system. He is passionate about social economic issues, LGBTQ/Civil/Human rights, campaign finance disclosure reform, issues that impact rural communities in California and youth leadership development. When he is not organizing and studying, he is traveling or visiting the nearest beach.

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