Hello All!

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself as the new YP4 Blog Coordinator!

My name is Shawn Reilly, I use they/them pronouns, I am a junior at Vanderbilt University and a current fellow with the Young People For (YP4) program. In addition to my fellowship with YP4, I also am a NASPA fellow, serve on my local GLSEN chapter‘s board, am the Transgender and Genderqueer Collective Liberation Co-chair for United Students Against Sweatshops, and am part of Youth+Tech+Health’s Youth Advisory Board. Besides these involvements, I also work as a senior mentor for LGBT programs at the Oasis Center in Nashville, and work as a Resident Advisor at Vanderbilt University. Importantly, I run creat(i)ve (resist)ance with my co-founder, JaQuan Beachem. It’s a project I’m really proud of.

I have been involved in journalism since middle school, when I attended a magnet middle school for journalism. I then moved onto high school, and eventually became the Editor-In-Chief of our award winning yearbook, Crosswinds. When I came to Vanderbilt, I began writing for my school newspaper’s opinion section, started casually writing for various blogs, and became a regular contributor for the YP4 blog. After writing for the blog for a few months myself, I was offered the amazing opportunity to move into a coordinator role.

I am so lucky to have such a wonderful team of brilliant writers to work with, and I am excited to get started on the blog, as another vehicle for community building within and outside of the YP4 family.

Excited for the coming months!