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.
Ayesha Islam attended Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, majored in International Studies and double-minored in Arabic and Creative Writing. She was born in Arizona, grew up throughout various areas of the Northeast, and lived in York City. As a female Muslim minority, Ayesha is a triple-threat combination of marginalized groups and fought for the voices of these communities. She was a certificate recipient of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for her activism-based work on Guantanamo Bay and police brutality. Ayesha has worked with Amnesty International for three years, served as Student Activist Coordinator of Amnesty’s Northeast regional leadership team for one year, and contributed to multiple national level roles with Amnesty’s Headquarters. She’s had experience working for judges, law firms, nonprofits, political offices, election campaigns, and more because she believes public service is an avenue for impactful social change. Her critical essay titled “Guantanamo Bay: A Real-Life Horror Story” won a Regional Gold Key within York City, and then moved on to win a National Gold Medal within the United States for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 2015. She believes in the power of writing to shed light on injustices and is passionate about using narratives to share oft-ignored perspectives. Ayesha is considering various paths for her future, from participating in diplomatic work with the State Department or the United Nations to working in fields of local politics and government or to become a lawyer. The specific profession doesn’t matter as much as the outcome of her work. If Ayesha can make the world a bit more bearable to live in, put one mother’s worry for her children’s safety at ease, or help one person seek justice, then she knows she was doing the right work.
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Bernardita Yunis, a 2007 YP4 Fellow and 2008 FLLA Fellow, was born in Viña del Mar, Chile and spent her teenage and college years in Miami, FL. Bernardita was introduced to social justice and human rights work while in high school and college where she was President of Amnesty International. In 2006, Bernardita was also involved in the successful solidarity campaign as a leading organizer with STAND (Students Towards A New Democracy) for the UNICCO workers’ strike that won them a raise (living wage), health insurance, and the right to unionize. In August 2008, she graduated with a BSC in Communication Studies and International Studies, and a BLA in Religious Studies. After undergrad, she interned at the Clinton Foundation in Harlem in their Correspondence Department, and worked at Colson Hicks Eidson, a major litigation law firm Coral Gables, FL helping property owners afflicted with contaminated Chinese Drywall in their homes. Bernardita started working at nonprofits in 2012 when she was a Relationship Management Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. She also worked as a Communications Specialist at People For the American Way in 2014. Bernardita went to The Pennsylvania State University for a Masters in Communications Studies, which she will receive in 2015. While at PSU, she taught public speaking and group communication in the Communication Arts & Sciences Department of the College of Liberal Arts to undergraduates. She also wrote a thesis on identity creation in the Chilean miners’ accident of 2010. Bernardita has also worked as a Media Specialist at the Center for Community Change, focusing on immigrants’ rights and economic justice work.
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Boomer Vicente attended UC Berkeley, where he studied Political Science and Public Policy. Born and raised in Santa Ana, his experiences in Santa Ana molded and influenced him to be a community organizer and activist. He saw the limited access to education, the mass incarceration of his community, and the constant barriers towards communities of color. During his time at UC Berkeley, he was involved on and off campus to empower communities of color. He interned in the Raza Recruitment and Retention Center on campus his first year, worked on projects and community events to build community and do external outreach for Latinx students. He was a Justice Corps intern at the San Francisco Superior Courthouse where he helped more than 80 self-represented litigants on court based issues such as family law, housing, civil harassment, restraining orders, gender changes and more. In addition, he was a Police Review Commissioner for the City of Berkeley where he helped conduct an investigation of the Berkeley Police Department to address concerns and policies during the December Black Lives Matter demonstration.
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