Meet Our Fellows

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.

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Total found: 1802

Taylor Nawrocki

Taylor is a student at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Comparative Literature with minors in Environmental Studies and Social and Economic Justice. She is an active member and former co-chair of Homeless Outreach Poverty Eradication, which aims to alleviate poverty and homelessness through advocacy and community education. She is also a research assistant for food justice issues, a Buckley Public Service Scholar, and a sibling at St. Anthony Hall, an all-gender literary and arts fraternity. Taylor is passionate about tackling justice issues through creating dialogue about the frameworks that are keeping them in existence.

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Taynara Costa-Moura

Ty is an activist and the current President of the Associated Students of Santa Monica College, where she advocates and works towards college affordability and student success. Ty has a passion and a vision to make quality education free and accessible to everyone, as she believes that all social injustices are deeply rooted in education, or the lack thereof. She advocates with the Student Senate for California Community Colleges and with local and state representatives to increase public education funding, student success and to close the achievement gap. She has authored and lobbied for many resolutions and initiatives and has founded the first community college Roosevelt Institute Chapter to encourage her peers to participate in the political process and join the progressive movement.

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Teressa Baldwin

Teressa Baldwin is the founder of a suicide prevention and awareness campaign called Hope4Alaska. She created this campaign to help combat the high suicide rates among youth in her home state, Alaska. She has traveled to over twenty high schools speaking about her own experiences and implemented suicide prevention training in many high schools. Teressa is now attending the University of California, San Diego studying law and society. Her goals are to move back to her home town and give back to her community.

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Thomas Helmstetter

A 2005 Young People For fellow, T.J. currently serves as Director of Communications and Development at Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s LGBT equality organization. Previously, he was statewide Communications Director of New York’s labor-backed Working Families Party, where he helped expose right-wing politicians and elevate the spotlight for issues of economic justice. Before that, as a consultant with Blue State Digital, he worked with progressive causes (and corporate clients, too) to raise their profiles (and their dollars) online. While at BSD, he was most proud of his work with LGBT causes including Freedom to Marry and the launch of Dan Savage’s inspirational “It Gets Better” campaign.

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Thylan Singleton

Thylan Singleton is a freshman at Howard University, studying human development and psychoeducational studies from Atlanta, GA. Thylan serves in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at The George Washington University. Upon his graduation from HU, he will commission as an officer into the United States Navy. As the oldest of two younger brothers, Thylan knows firsthand the importance of proper mentorship and guidance young black men need in order to thrive in America. As a YP4 fellow, he plans to pioneer a mentorship program to help high school males in Southeast DC reach their full potential.

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Tiara Walker

Tiara is a senior at Fayetteville State University double majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She is the Chief Justice of the Student Government Association Judicial Board and a proud member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the oldest civil rights organization in America. She is dedicated to advocating for equal rights, civic engagement, health issues and education.

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Tiesha Cassel

Tiesha Cassel, 2011 Fellow, is a 2013 graduate of Oberlin College. At Oberlin, Tiesha was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow, where her work centered on Black church women, archival erasure, and historic remembrance. During her time as a student, Tiesha served on the board for the Edmonia Lewis Center for Women and Transgender People, a student-run resource center on campus. and worked closely with the Prison Justice Project, a student group focused around education and activism focused on the prison industrial complex. She continues her work and support of prison abolition through the Black and Pink Chicago chapter while working as a Library Assistant at the Art Institute of Chicago. Tiesha plans to apply to graduate school this fall.

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Tiffany Ford

Tiffany, a Chicago native, is a Human and Social Development and Economics double major with a minor in Health Sector Management and Policy at the University of Miami. In addition to her involvement in student organizations Tiffany serves as a student assistant and resident assistant on campus. Through interactive coursework she has remained active in the university community and the Miami community as a whole.
She is currently involved with research that explores health disparities within minority populations. In the summer of 2012 Tiffany served as an intern with a federally qualified health center in Detroit where she worked to increase patient satisfaction. She has a passion for equal access to quality healthcare and representative health education materials. Having achieved multiple semesters on the President and Provost’s Honor Rolls, she continues to demonstrate the importance of student involvement, strong academics, and a passion for the community.

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Tina Fletcher

Tina L. Fletcher is an education professional, elected official and motivational speaker from rural Arkansas whose ultimate goal in life is to inspire and motivate others to achieve their goals.

Tina earned a B.A. in Political Science and African American Studies from the University of Arkansas and an Ed.M. in Teacher Education from Harvard University. Before entering politics, Tina served as an educator of government and history at Anacostia Senior High School in Washington, D.C. where she was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year. She assisted in the successful raising of over $20 million dollars for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign as well as raising over $20 million dollars for Lt. Governor Anthony Brown of Maryland. Tina has returned to the world of education and serves as the Manager of Community Engagement for DC Public Schools.

She also serves as the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) for DC’s historic Anacostia district. Tina has interned with the Southern Education Foundation, the Congressional Black Caucus on behalf of former U.S. Senator Blanche L. Lincoln and in the Office of the First Lady Michelle Obama. Tina is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Greater Washington chapter of the NAACP, the Arkansas Alumni Association and the Harvard Alumni Association.

Tina, alongside her twin sister Trina, was named an IMPACT Leader of the Month in addition to being named to the 93.9 WKYS Top 30 under 30 list. The Fletcher twins are the Founders of Dream Girls ARK (formerly DMV) and the authors of 10 Steps to Succeeding at ANY College. They have traveled throughout the United States and to Senegal and Benin inspiring and empowering young girls and women to diligently strive to achieve their educational and career goals.

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Tina Tran

Tina is a sophomore studying Political Science at New York University. She has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations over the years such as Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV and AIDS (APICHA), the Chinese-American Planning Council, the Summer Leadership Initiative through the Chinatown Youth Initiatives, and many more. Tina is dedicated to building community, providing service to the underprivileged, and creating a program of leadership amongst the youth. She is committed to civil service, and aspires to be a pro-bono lawyer in the future.

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Torii Uyehara

Torii is a rising third year at Southern Oregon University, studying business administration with a certificate in non-profits. She works with the Oregon Student Association as an Oregon Students of Color Coalition Board Member; working to ensure that education is accessible to all and has worked on passing legislation such as Tuition Equity in Oregon. She has a love for student advocacy work and has spent the past year as the Director of Multicultural Affairs in the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University. Her passion for people’s happiness and success are shown through all the work she does and she cannot wait to continue that work as a YP4 fellow.

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Tory Kappel

Tory Kappel is a senior at the University of Oklahoma working toward her degree in microbiology. She is originally from Southside Oklahoma City, where she participates as social media and blog content editor for community organization Making HERstory. Her passion for feminism and cultural differences strives for change and awareness in south OKC and society as a whole.

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