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.
Wlliam Alejandro Tenorio was born in 1996 during Scorpio season, in LIJ hospital, Queens New York. William lived in Woodhaven for his younger years before moving to Bayside with his parents and older sister. At the age of six, William’s mother gave birth to my little brother. As a child, William was an avid dreamer, aspiring to be many things including a professional ninja. William began to fall in love with the sport of basketball during my elementary school years, Allen Iverson was my biggest idol, and he spend hours playing ball every week, a passion of his carry to this day. William played for club and school teams from fifth grade to freshman year high school when he then decided to devote his time to a new program he had become involved with called JROTC at Francis Lewis High School. William also was a select member of the Gateway Honors Pipeline program for minority students. These two programs would have profound impacts on the relationships he made, activities he was a part of, and experiences he had throughout high school. Throughout high school he was incredibly friendly and well known among people but at the same time very introverted, as he felt there was so much he didn’t want to or couldn’t share with others, from losing a close friend, to family issues. He thought of college as an escape, he thought the life of a dorm student in a prestigious university would solve many of my problems on its own, as if everything from the past would be forgotten. Actually living on my own and seeing the world through his own lens, not one forced upon me, in a space very different from his home, would shape his identity and destiny forever.
Read more »
Zakiya is a student at Oberlin College. They are one of seven board members for the Edmonia Lewis Center (ELC) for Women and Trans*. Their work there includes engaging in creative programming to transform intersecting systems of oppression, including, but not limited to, racism, sexism, hetero-sexism, ableism, xenophobia, transphobia, classism, etc. Zakiya also volunteers through America Counts (math-focused tutoring) at the Boys and Girls Clubs, which is an after school center that provides safety, food, and education to low income and of color youth in grades k-8th.
Read more »
“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 recently 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 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 entails 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 is 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. She currently serves on the staff of her Congressman and will complete a master’s degree in Educational Administration & Leadership next May prior to pursuing a PhD in International Education Administration.
Read more »
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 is a lead complainant in the Title IX, Clery, and Title II complaints against Columbia University, where she is a senior studying political science and critical race studies. As a case manager for End Rape on Campus, she now helps other students file Title IX and Clery complaints against their schools and provides media and organizing support. She also works as an organizer for Know Your IX, a survivor-led and student-driven campaign to end campus violence by improving both campus and government policies. Zoe also works 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.
Read more »