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.
In the spring of 2017, April will be graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s in Food Studies and Public Policy with a concentration in Global Health Policy. With her current background and future pursuits, she hopes she can be of use in an increasingly critical space where public health, social justice norms and policies are collaborating. April thinks the passion she has long cultivated for public health stems from a fundamental recognition that far too many people, in our local and global communities, depend on their health as the sole means of their families’ livelihoods. Domestic and global policies regarding the distribution and sourcing of our food, medicines and other life essential commodities has far too often favored corporate interests over public health considerations to the detriment of our most vulnerable. With such injustices constantly in mind, she believes that dismantling health disparities will at least bring forth some form of the right to health. Some undergrad experiences April reflects most fondly on include hey time with refugee families and folks at the local shelter, political activism, a forum for dialogue about diversity and food security-related advocacy. April is currently planning how to most effectively dedicate my post-graduation year to learning more about our nation’s relationship with food sources. With a strong belief in the healing of a wholesome diet and outlook on health April will continue to work toward better access to quality food and healthcare for families who depend on their health most.
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Armani Madison is a recent graduate of Brown University, where he studied Political Science and History. He is passionate about education, civil rights, youth empowerment, and service for low-income communities. As his Idea Creation-focused blueprint, Armani created the SpeakUp! Oratorical Contest for public high school students in Providence, and coordinated a social media campaign and gallery exhibit, as part of the national “To My Unborn Son” and #BlackLivesMatter movement, at Brown. He is an alumnus of the Public Policy and International Affairs program, the Hope Institute, and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Armani is presently working, over the next two years, to build upon his interest in social innovation and entrepreneurship through Venture for America
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Ashely Dickerson, a Phoenix native, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education with concentrations in Adolescents, Community Development and Africana Studies. While in college, Ashely gained extensive experience in the areas of curriculum development, budgeting, event planning, time management, data and community assessments, networking, leadership and capacity building and much more. During her undergrad, she served as a board member for African American Student Affairs where she coordinated and facilitated events and workshops to provide opportunities for students of color to engage in leadership, social justice and community awareness projects. She also served as the Social Justice Associate for Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona for 3 years working with the Community Justice Board of Southern Arizona, the juvenile justice system as well as foster care and domestic violence shelters to design alternative programming for girls ages 8-18. Through her experience, Ashely realized the need for more constructive and encouraging leadership programs for youth of color, which prompted her to design two leadership and empowerment programs called TogetHER and Activate AZ as her blueprint. Ashely is passionate about comprehensive education reform and community development and volunteers with various organizations, charities and programs throughout the Phoenix Metro. She currently serves as a second grade teacher at CASA Academy.
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Athena is an Arizona native, Arizona State University graduate and 2010 YP4 Fellow. Her experience includes lobbying, organizing, campaigning, community service, policy writing, and public speaking. She is passionate about social justice and the intersection of issues. In the past, she was a union shop steward at the hotel where she worked. She currently works for Girl Scouts where she recruits and supports membership in Northern Arizona, while engaging diverse communities about the Girl Scout movement. She is also active in the local Omega Phi Alpha alumnae chapter.
Athena is particularly fond of hiking throughout her home state. Other hobbies include seeking out new murals throughout the state, expanding her repertoire of local restaurants, indoor rock climbing and spending time with family and friends. Athena is excited to rejoin the YP4 family as a mentor for the 2014 fellowship class!
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