At the January 16th opening awards reception, YP4 will honor progressives from across the country for their commitment to identifying, engaging, and empowering the newest generation of progressive leaders. The evening brings together Fellows, alumni, summit trainers, and progressive partners to interact and recognize the work of our 2015 awardees.
YP4’s 10th NATIONAL SUMMIT AWARDEES
- Amanda Matos, 2010 YP4 Fellow, will receive the Iara D. Peng Alumni Award for her dedication towards racial and gender justice and reproductive freedom. She is the Founder and Director of The WomanHOOD Project (Helping Ourselves Overcome Discrimination), an innovative after school mentorship program for young women of color in the Bronx. WomanHOOD started as Amanda’s Blueprint Project in 2011 and has expanded since then, leading her to being selected as one of five young leaders to receive the Peace First Prize in 2014.
- State Representative Kevin Killer (SD), 2006 YP4 and Front Line Leaders Academy Fellow, will receive the Norman Lear Award for his leadership, investment, and mobilization of Tribal communities. Kevin expanded YP4’s Tribal college network into an independent, Native-led organization called Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA) in 2009.
- United We Dream will receive the Movement Building Partner Award. Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, 2007 YP4 Fellow and Deputy Managing Director of United We Dream, will receive the award on behalf of the organization.
- Frances Lear Foundation will receive the Movement Sustainer Award.
ABOUT THE AWARDS
The Iara D. Peng Alumni Award, named after the founding Director of YP4, is given to a rising YP4 alumnus who has shown dedication and support to YP4 and has an outstanding commitment to youth leadership development, their community and the progressive movement at large. Past awardees include:
- Felipe Souza-Rodriguez, 2008 Miami Dade College Fellow
- Jameelah Muhammad, 2008 Oakland University Fellow
- Jamira Burley, 2011 Temple University Fellow
- Sofia Campus, 2010 University of California at Los Angeles Fellow
The Norman Lear Alumni Award, named after the founder of People For the American Way Foundation, is given to veteran YP4 alumnus who have shown dedication and support to YP4 and has an outstanding commitment to youth leadership development, their community and the progressive movement at large. Past awardees include:
- Crystallee Crain, 2006 Eastern Michigan University & 2006 Front Line Leaders Academy (FLLA) Fellow
- State Rep. Jon Hoadley (MI), 2005 Michigan State University & 2006 FLLA Fellow
- Philip Agnew, 2005 Florida A&M Fellow
- Ruben Vogt, 2005 University of Texas at El Paso & 2012 FLLA Fellow
The Movement Building Partner Award is given to a progressive partner organization that has shown dedication and support to YP4 and has an outstanding commitment to social justice, and the progressive movement at large.
- Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL)
- United for Reproductive & Gender Equity (URGE) formerly Choice USA
- Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
- Dream Defenders
The Movement Sustainer Award is given to a philanthropic supporter who has shown a commitment to YP4, social justice, and the progressive movement at large.
- Open Society Foundations
- Sandler Foundation
- Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan