Young People For is proud for our work to be featured through such resilient and resourceful leaders as Umi Selah, 2005, and Sofia Campos, 2010.
“Sofia Campos and Phillip Agnew first met over the phone before the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, connected by a mutual friend associated with the YP4 Fellowship, of which both are alumni. They discussed the similarities of their childhoods — Campos an undocumented immigrant growing up near Los Angeles, who learned of her legal status only when she found herself ineligible for financial aid to college, and Agnew, a young black man living near Chicago where poverty, unemployment and mortality rates far surpass national averages. “It immediately felt like family,” Campos said.
Other progressive organizations have also helped to empower the younger generation. Civil rights groups, like the Advancement Project, the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center, have helped organize town halls for popular education, offered institutional support for direct actions, and provided support for legislative initiatives, like the Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act promoted by the Dream Defenders. The Wildfire Project, an activist training organization formed in the wake of the Occupy movement, and Training for Change have trained leaders from many of the groups, including the OSA, the Dream Defenders and United We Dream. The United States Student Association and People for the American Way — through its Young People For (YP4) Fellowship — have put young activists in contact with one another. And the Service Employees International Union has employed young activists organizing low-wage workers and offered direct financial support to the Dream Defenders and United We Dream, through the labor coalition Change to Win, in the early stages of both organizations.”