Student Power Convergence at the Ford Foundation

Posted July 22, 2015 by Guest Author

Andrew Humphrey, Fellowship Program Manager, attended the Student Power Conference at the Ford Foundation in New York City, NY. This convening was an effort to increase the collaboration between state-based organizing groups, national nonprofit organizations, and funders. Representatives from 14 state networks –  ranging from North Carolina to Maine, Texas to Iowa  shared successes, goals, and resources with each other.

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Gamechangers’ Billy Wimsatt and Alexandra Flores-Quilty YP4 ’13 opened the day with a briefing session on state-based movement work.  During this session, state organizations discussed their organizing work Nick Savelli YP4 ’09 represented Texas through a demonstration of his work with Texas Rising and Texas Freedom Network. The Dream Defenders, founded by Umi Orúko (formerly Phillip Agnew ’05), presented for Florida. Other YP4 alumni in attendance included Raquel Ortega ’12 (Urge), Sienna Walker ‘13 (Columbia Prison Divest), Lamonte Moore ’13 (United Councils-WI), and Amanda Matos ’11 (Planned Parenthood NY).

From these conversations, YP4 intends to build stronger partnerships with national organizations and better connect our efforts with state organizing work happening at the grassroots.