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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Yetunde Obasade

Yetunde Obasade is a Nigerian-American and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She has been a member of the Society of Women Engineers, an active mentor for ME2, her university’s’ Multicultural Engineering Mentorship Program, and served as the 2016 Public Relations Chair for the National Society of Black Engineers chapter at the University of Oklahoma. With a passion for sustainability and renewable energy, Yetunde plans on attending graduate school to obtain her Masters of Science in Sustainability and Design Systems. As a participant in her school’s Green Week, she advocated for the switch to renewable energy, as well as an increase in campus recycling. Yetunde is also extremely passionate about women’s’ rights and the continued advocacy for minority equality. She hopes to one day create a scholarship for underrepresented minority women who are pursuing degrees in the STEM field

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Ymani Cross

Ymani is the founder and creator of She is a natural hairstylist, future expressive art therapist, and blogger. Ymani graduated with her degree in Creative Art Therapy from DePaul University in 2016. Developing a strong passion for helping people discover their dreams, she realized that cultivating and inspiring was her passion. Ymani uses her zeal for the visual performing arts to heal, direct, and love to help people reach their full potential.

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Ysa Munoz

Ysa Munoz was an undergraduate student at FIU. She has worked on her Political Science and Sociology dual degree, along with a certificate in Women and Gender’s Studies. Ysabella is a feminist activist who focuses her work and community service mostly on women’s rights issues. She has helped organize the first Feminist Summit in Florida, the SlutWalk, 1 in 3, and forums regarding gender issues and politics. Her main goal is to spread awareness and education in order to create a more respectful society.

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Yulkendy Valdez

Yulkendy Valdez attended Babson College and studied business management and entrepreneurship. She moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic at the age of 10, and ever since, she became more aware of the socio-economic inequalities that exist in today’s society. She was very active in leadership roles on campus from serving as Community Service Chair for both the Black Student Union and ALPFA (a Latino Business organization) to working directly with multicultural programs at her college to facilitate initiatives around diversity and social entrepreneurship. She is proud to be a Resolution Project Fellow as well as a recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation-ESA LOFT Fellowship for her work on inclusive leadership and gender equality. She was admitted to the Public Policy Conference at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2013 and has spent her college journey traveling on immersive programs to Rwanda, Uruguay, Argentina, Russia, India, China, and most throughout Europe.

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Yvette Ortega

Yvette was a student attending the University of New Mexico. She has worked towards her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish. She worked at the Graduate Resource Center, where she provided assistance to underprivileged students to improve their pre and post-graduate educational opportunities. She was also involved with El Centro de la Raza, which was an underrepresented ethnic group center that took on civic projects within the community. Karina hopes to gain opportunities that will help her be part of the solution through improving the lives of others.

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Zachary Hendrickson

Zachary studied political science at Columbia University. He was the co-coordinator of the Columbia Urban Experience pre-orientation program, a week-long program that introduced incoming first-year students to different communities within New York City through community service partnerships and critical academic discussion. He also served as a coordinator for the Men of Color Alliance, a multicultural community building organization. Zachary discovered his spark for political engagement while attending The American Legion Boys State of Kansas summer program, and he hopes to similarly inspire other Kansas youth. Uniting Zachary’s varied interests is a desire to build connections University people from diverse backgrounds and to facilitate growth in pursuit of a common goal.

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Zachary Komes

Zach was a student at George Washington University and Field Director of DC Students Speak, a network of college chapters advocating for students in Washington, DC. He helped organize GW Not for Profit, a campaign to lobby the University for greater financial transparency and for student members on the Board of Trustees. Originally from Milwaukee, Zach is dedicated to working on issues relevant to urban areas including social mobility, affordable housing, and economic development. He hopes that one day the “American Dream” will become a possibility for all.

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Zach Koop

Zachary Koop

Zachary aspires to increase civic participation by making civic engagement more inclusive. Finding his roots in programs advocating for youth socioeconomic literacy and empowerment is devoted to the vision of empowerment through education and inclusion. His blueprint included a plan for the integration of a student voter-registration program at his home university; he aspires to practice law in a governmental role of advocacy. He studied physics and economics at The University of Wisconsin-Madison/La Crosse; has held numerous roles in community development programs and student advocacy, believing the best way to win change is through grassroots activism and policy. Originally born in Elizabethtown, KY, he found his home in Wisconsin, where his life was made possible by the warm-hearted, giving culture of the Midwest. So full of gratitude, he is driven to return the investment; he is an avid dreamer and runner, his favorite route being beneath the sunset of Wisconsin’s state capitol.

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Zakiya Acey

Zakiya was a student at Oberlin College. They were one of seven board members for the Edmonia Lewis Center (ELC) for Women and Trans*. Their work there included engaging in creative programming to transform intersecting systems of oppression, including, but not limited to, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, xenophobia, transphobia, classism, etc. Zakiya also volunteered through America Counts (math-focused tutoring) at the Boys and Girls Clubs, which is an after-school center that provided safety, food, and education to low-income and of color youth in grades k-8th.


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Zena Ali

Zena Ali is an Egyptian-American. She is very passionate about minority-owned businesses growth within her community.  Her dream is to work with Arab-owned businesses and analyze their progress. Her goal is to give these businesses the opportunity to branch out. She plans to attend North Carolina A&T for the fall semester and then UNC Charlotte for the spring semester with a major in international business. In the past, she has worked for two Arab-owned businesses, including her father’s.  What she realized during this experience was that these businesses struggle in competition against those who are more privileged.  Some of her achievements are the following: Treasurer of National Honor Society, Member of the National Technical Honor Society, Vice-president of Communities in Schools, and Secretary of Student Government at Northern Nash High School.  Her parents brought the family to America to provide them with a better education and more opportunities. In the process of getting an education, Zena also learned how to have an open mind and a passion for others’ happiness. She says “The way to satisfaction is the freedom of choice and acceptance of one’s circumstance.” Because of this passion, she felt the need to Join Young People For because their main goal is to target hidden issues within communities. This was exactly where she feels she can make a change.

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Zephanii Smith

Zephanii Smith was introduced to civil rights and social justice activism as an elementary school student through her local NAACP’s Youth Empowerment Summit. She completed her term on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and has served as President of the Stockton Youth Council and the California-Hawaii Youth & College Division. Locally, she mobilized her unit on issues related to education and criminal justice including Lobby Days and protests for the Voting Rights Act. In California, she spearheaded the development of socially-conscious youth leaders and sustainable youth units across the state.

Beyond the NAACP, she has experience in youth development initiatives offered by the local, state, and the federal government. In High School, Zephanii was both a Battalion and Brigade Commander in U.S. ARMY Junior ROTC, a student representative to Stockton Unified School District’s Board of Trustees, Vice-Chair of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission, a student journalist for the local newspaper, Speaker of the Assembly in California’s Mock Legislature, a congressional intern, a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program, an ambassador with People to People International’s Student Ambassador program, and a participant in the Global Youth Forum.

At Claremont McKenna College, Zephanii was a member of the Student Senate and worked at the Henry R. Kravis Leadership Institute. During her junior year, she spent a semester organizing with labor unions in Texas and spent three academic terms abroad in the United Kingdom, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and South Korea. Her blueprint for social justice entailed connecting young activists around the world in a virtual forum. She spent the first semester of her senior year working on the political campaign trail and in the office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, and her final semester pursuing research and a social entrepreneurship venture to support opportunity youth.

Zephanii, who has been both a Coca-Cola Scholar and a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Government from Claremont McKenna College in May 2013. Sh has also served on the staff of her Congressman and completed a master’s degree in Educational Administration & Leadership. She plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in International Education Administration.

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Zoe Ridolfi-starr

Zoe is a co-founder of No Red Tape, a group of survivors and allies fighting to end sexual violence and rape culture at Columbia and beyond. She was a lead complainant in the Title IX, Clery, and Title II complaints against Columbia University, where she studied political science and critical race studies. As a case manager for End Rape on Campus, she helped other students file Title IX and Clery complaints against their schools and provided media and organizing support. She also worked as an organizer for K Your IX, a survivor-led and student-driven campaign to end campus violence by improving both campus and government policies. Zoe also worked on issues of mass incarceration, juvenile justice, and youth empowerment, and has founded and run multiple programs dedicated to supporting incarcerated youth. As a second generation queer woman and a survivor of sexual violence herself, she is committed to centering the voices of survivors and people of marginalized identities in anti-violence work and building community-based solutions to sexual violence that do not rely on inherently violent institutions like the prison-industrial complex.

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Zuhdiah Sarhan

Zuhdiah is a founding member of the George Mason Chapter of United2Heal, a humanitarian non-profit which raises money to send excess medical supplies to countries in need. She was an active volunteer with Mason Life, a post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and assisted the students of the program with class work and residential life activities. As a part of the Arab Student Association and a member of the Dabke team, a traditional Mediterranean folk dance, it seems that the common denominator between all Zuhdiah’s projects was connectivity between people from all different walks of life with the goal of decreasing discrimination and hate, whether it was due to differences in culture, disability, or need.

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Zuleima Flores-Abid

Flores-Abid is a first-generation, female college graduate from a working class family, Zuleima believes in the importance of helping people from all backgrounds allocate resources to have livable conditions to succeed in our society. As a former External Affairs Chair for Legal Education Association for Diversity (LEAD) and former mentor for Freedom4Youth, she learned that access to resources and opportunities is crucial, and makes the difference in individual’s future endeavors. Once, Zuleima graduated from UC Santa Barbara she returned to her hometown of Stockton, CA and took part in Motivation TV’s “Campaign For Change.” With a drive to bring about change, Zuleima helped to coordinate community events aimed at giving individuals an opportunity to share their story on stage. She also joined the National Alliance on Mental Illness in which she helped to run State programs and assisted affiliates in the state of California. To this day, Zuleima holds dearly in her heart the day her mother told her at the Tijuana border, “Tu Fuerte como un roble” which means “Stay Strong like an Oak Tree.” Those words have taught Zuleima that words are powerful and can change people’s perspectives towards life. That same message she plans to take to each individual she meets and hopes  that those individuals pass that message on to others.

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