YP4 celebrated its 10th Annual National Summit January 16-19th, 2015.  Over 200 young progressives converged in Washington, DC to network, connect, and build community. Fellows received training on YP4’s core curriculum on six approaches to social change, coalition building, leadership development,  succession planning, budgeting, and fundraising.  In addition, Fellows accessed 20 different elective sessions that included leveraging data, how to start a non-profit, strategic planning, and running for office.

Fellows also heard from current leaders in the progressive movement, including: Dolores Huerta, renowned labor leader; Charlene Carruthers, National Director of BYP100; Rep. Kevin Killer, South Dakota State Representative; Risë Wilson, founder of The Laundromat Project; Sofia Campos, United We Dream Board Chair; Alderman Antonio French, St. Louis, MO elected official and Ferguson, MO activist; and Kyle Lierman, White House Associate Director of Public Engagement.  At the Summit’s opening reception, YP4 was proud to honor progressives from across the country for their commitment to identifying, engaging, and empowering the newest generation of progressive leaders including:

  • Amanda Matos, 2011 YP4 Fellow and founder of the WomanHOOD Project, received the Iara D. Peng Alumni Award for her dedication towards racial and gender justice and reproductive freedom.
  • State Representative Kevin Killer (SD), 2006 YP4 and Front Line Leaders Academy Fellow, received the Norman Lear Award for his leadership, investment, and mobilization of Tribal communities.
  • United We Dream received the Movement Building Partner Award for their work to advance immigrant rights and justice.
  • Frances Lear Foundation received the Movement Sustainer Award for their continuous investment in the newest generation of progressive leaders.


Our 2014-2015 Fellows and mentors now work diligently to complete their Blueprints for Social Justice, a community-driven, sustainable social justice project of their creation. These fellows will join over 700 former fellows who have executed over 400 sustainable, community-driven projects, and many of our classmates have permeated leadership positions in your communities, in elected office, in business, government, and non-profits.

Be sure to check out our pictures from the 10th annual National Summit!