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: 1794

Trevor McNary

Trevor McNary is a native, and proud, Kentuckian. He was a student at the University of Kentucky where he was a Gaines Fellow, a member of the Student Government Association, and was an ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences. He spent one summer working for the Center for American Progress and another working for a Senate campaign. After graduating, Trevor has plans to pursue a Master’s degree in public policy and dive into the world of political campaigning.  Ultimately, he hopes to work with an NGO, think tank, or advocacy group that aims to politically empower young people across the country (partly due to his own fear of aging).

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Trinidad Rodriguez

Trinidad is the founder of Las Nietas de CuauhtŽmoc, an organization at the University of New Mexico. Dedicated to embracing and empowering Chicana feminist voices through learning and creating self-publications, Trinidad’s primary involvement in the university and community was to promote higher education to students who lacked support or the proper resources to attend higher education. She was involved in New Mexico Movimiento Estudiantil de Aztlan, Mexican Student Association, and volunteered at the National Impact conference. She also exhibited her leadership in her community by advocating for immigrants’ rights. Through her involvement in New Mexico Dreamers in Action in Albuquerque and in her hometown in California with the San Gabriel Valley Immigrant Youth Coalition (SGVIYC) and United without Boundaries (UWB). Trinidad helped organize to stop the deportation of two activist students who were located in the Georgia deportation center.

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Tylasha Gusman

Tylasha Gusman was a student at the Xavier University of Louisiana with a major in chemistry-pre-pharmacy. She has lived in New Orleans all her life. Tylasha is interested in helping low-income communities to receive access to healthcare. She feels that everyone deserves a chance at a long, happy life.

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Tyler Barbarin

Tyler worked with organizations to address the complex and challenging problems of education reform in the Richmond, Virginia area. Her experiences with the flawed education system have shaped the urgency she feels around education reform and motivates a desire in her to improve education holistically in the United States.

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Tyler Dos Santos-Tam

Tyler Dos Santos-Tam has served as the Executive Director of the Hawaii Construction Alliance, an umbrella organization comprised of the state’s 15,000-member strong Carpenters, Laborers, Bricklayers, Cement Masons, and Operating Engineers unions. He also served on the City and County of Honolulu’s Neighborhood Commission, which oversees Oahu’s neighborhood board system. He has been an active board member of the Young Democrats of America, the Good Beginnings Alliance, and the Hawaii Filipino Jaycees, He was also a member of the 2014 Class of the Pacific Century Fellows.

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Uma Venkatraman

Uma has attended Oberlin College where she worked at Oberlin’s Sexual Information Center (SIC). The SIC provides low-cost safer-sex supplies, workshops, sexual education classes, and confidential peer counseling to members of the Oberlin community. Uma taught Spanish to elementary school students and was focused on learning pedagogical techniques that promote student choice and output. She is interested in work to combine these two interests within a framework that acknowledges how dynamics of race, class, and gender can manifest within classroom spaces.

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Valerie Santana

Valerie was born in Los Angeles, California and has lived with her mother, two brothers and two sisters in South Central, California. She moved to South Central during her freshmen year and joined the Eco Club to work for a better environment and because of her teacher, Robert Jeffers, who introduced her to the many reasons we should care about the environment. The love of nature and smiles it brought to people faces she cared about were life changing. She is motivated to continue making changes in her community on an ongoing basis. Valerie was the ASB president and hosted beautification days on her campuses on Saturdays. She’s also been the Soccer captain, an Eco club member, the YES Audubon Leader, LA Audubon Restoration leader, LA Audubon Intern, Santa Monica Aquarium volunteer, Golf Manager, Student Run LA member, and an Action Fellow with ACE. Juggling all these incredible experiences only grew her love for the work she did. She wants to change and spread awareness throughout her community. Valerie attended Vanguard University Southern California. She majored in Biology and Minored in Communications. Her long-term goal is to be the Mayor of Los Angeles and to travel to all 50 States. She loves camping, hiking, tubing, cliff jumping, swimming, shopping, EATING, playing soccer, listening to music and lip syncing. She loves animals, long boarding and snap chat.


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Varun Khattar

Varun is a queer, feminist, South Asian activist, educator, scholar, and writer. He studied Sociology at the University of Connecticut where he completed an Honors thesis on queer undocumented immigrant youth organizing. He co-facilitated the Men’s Project, a sexual violence prevention training program for male-identified students, and founded and led the Civic Scholars Collective, a mentorship, and discussion group for students in the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts. He performed research and outreach to address health inequities in the Hartford area and ensured patients at local hospitals received culturally and linguistically competent care. He is also committed to helping minority and immigrant youth overcome educational barriers. In addition, he has worked to support sustainable economic development in Guatemala and co-authored a clinician’s guide on intersexuality. As a major proponent of self-care, he is a fan of live music, cats, tattoos, and wine, in moderation of course!

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Verone Bernard

Verone Bernard

Verone Bernard was a political science major and economics minor at Howard University by way of Boston, MA. She was a 2013 YP4 Fellow and an intern with the YP4 Fellowship Program from September 2013-April 2014. As a Fellow, she worked to improve dialogue at Howard University around women’s rights and reproductive health, civic engagement opportunities, and other progressive causes. Supporting YP4’s collaborative projects, she organized Howard’s campaign on Money in Elections. Her Blueprint sought to serve as a resource to individuals who needed a refresher regarding their civic rights. From reproductive justice to voter identification laws, to laws that deal with law enforcement, Verone hopes to provide creative programming and a mobile application that gives a state-by-state analysis of the law, provide resources for counsel, and connect users with ways to report individuals when their rights were violated.

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Veronica Higareda

Born in the U.S. and raised in Mexico, Veronica came to the U.S. to pursue a major in philosophy with a double minor in religious studies and political science and would like to pursue a master’s degree in theology with a concentration in comparative religion studies and a Ph.D. in philosophy. She served as president of the Texas Freedom Network chapter at her university (UTPA) in Edinburg, Texas.


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Victor Perry

Victor was a Fall 2011 initiate of the Xi Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill he enrolled in the pre-dentistry Post-Baccalaureate program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Victor is an avid workout enthusiast with a passion for cooking.


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