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.
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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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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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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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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