The YP4 Network has grown to over 1,500 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.
Alyssa Smith was born in Pine Bluff, AR and currently reside in Little Rock. Alyssa enjoys immersing herself in various cultures. For example, traveling is an important part of Alyssa’s life. Alyssa has taken opportunities to study abroad. At Alyssa’s high school, Alyssa is involved in Central’s International Acceptance Organization (CIAO), which is a club centered on bringing the experience of other cultures to my peers. Alyssa also enjoys learning about history, especially when it informs Alyssa of her heritage. Alyssa volunteers at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and a member of the Historic Site’s Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). As a chairman of her school’s chapter of the NAACP, Alyssa has a passion for social justice. In addition to being in NAACP, Alyssa is a member of Project Town a student based social justice organization sponsored by Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA). After graduation, Alyssa plans on going to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Alyssa is not sure what she wants to major in yet, but she hopes it will align with her interests. In the future, Alyssa wants to start an organization that helps at-risk youth by giving them the opportunities that might not be afforded to them; whether it is going to a state park, a museum, or learning how to garden, the exposure will make a difference in their lives’. Alyssa’s mother made it a priority that she knows the importance of history, geography, and culture. Alyssa just wants to pass on the knowledge she has gained to the younger generation.
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Alyssah Roth is currently a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso, majoring in women’s and gender Studies and minoring in creative writing. She is extremely passionate about her current job as a writing tutor, and her other passions include activism, biking, gardening, and spending time with her partner,family,friends, and bear of a dog, Baloo. Alyssah is presently dedicated to reproductive justice issues that are affecting Texans and is the Director of West Fund, a new abortion access fund based out of El Paso in far west Texas.
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Amanda R. Matos is a community organizer from the Bronx, New York and has dedicated her time and efforts toward racial and gender justice and reproductive freedom.
She is the Founder and Executive Director of The WomanHOOD Project (Helping Ourselves Overcome Discrimination), an innovative after school mentorship program for young women of color in the Bronx. WomanHOOD started as Amanda’s Young People For (YP4) Blueprint Project in 2011 and has expanded since then, leading her to being selected as one of five young leaders to receive the Peace First Prize in 2014. She credits YP4 with providing her with the tools to engage in meaningful anti-oppressive work. She now serves as a mentor and trainer to support the cultivation of young progressive leaders in the fellowship program. Amanda also works in the reproductive rights field fighting for legislation that protects people’s access to healthcare.
In May 2013, Amanda graduated from Columbia University, where she studied Ethnic Studies and Human Rights, focusing on the intersections between sexism and racism in the United States. Now Amanda serves as the Graduate Student Relations Chair on the board for the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University and as a board member on the Fund for a Safer Columbia.
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Amonte’, an Agricultural Business student, is currently attending Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Amonte’ is humble, passionate, eager, and committed to making a difference in his community, and at his university, where he serves as the 2012-2013 Mr. College of Agriculture and Food Sciences. With help from YP4, Amonte’ plans to start a non-profit organization to help empower, motivate, and aid single parents in the development of their children and themselves.
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