Brielle Giesemann

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Brielle is from Phoenix, Arizona and has studied Spanish and Sociology with a minor in philosophy at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff. She grew up in a community where volunteering was encouraged. Their activism for Phoenix’s homeless, immigrant, and young mother populations played a key role in the formation of her progressive values. She was a co-founder of NAU Collegetown and has served as an advisor to the 2013 executive board. Brielle is an enthusiastic Sex and Body Positive advocate and proponent of the power of contagious optimism. She cares deeply about social stratification on the basis of socioeconomic status and access and their correlative relation to racial minorities. She enjoys all things Harry Potter, clever puns, Swedish Fish, world travel, and weird animal YouTube videos.

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Brittany Smith

Education Justice

Brittany studied at Harold Washington College in Chicago, Illinois. She was born April 12, 1992, in Lima, Ohio. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio in a single-parent home with three siblings. Brittany attended Fort Hayes Art and Education High School. There, she discovered her true passion for music and poetry. She also found that she took a serious interest in social and political issues, and participated in many groups for social change. Brittany attended Columbia College Chicago for a semester but had to leave because of financial issues. She stayed in Chicago to work on her craft of music and poetry.

BLUEPRINT: Empowering Youth In Chicago through the Arts. Brittany’s Blueprint is an ongoing program of weekly sessions for black and brown youth in low-income communities. Through these sessions, youth participants are educated on social justice and race issues around the country and world, much of which is not taught in school nor talked about in their communities. During these sessions, youth are able to create their own piece of art (poetry, music, rap, drawing, acting skit, painting, dancing, etc.) to explain and showcase what they are learning. At the end of each month, the art generated by the youth is showcased in a community space, which gives students a sense of empowerment and ownership. These sessions also create a safe space for children to express themselves and have someone to talk to about issues they cant address at home. Through this program, Brittany is working to decrease the violence in her community and empower youth by giving them more opportunities to be successful.

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Phone: Empowering Youth In Chicago through the ArtsBrittanys blueprint is an ongoing program of weekly sessions for black and brown youth in low-income communities. Through these sessions, youth participants are educated on social justice and race issues around the country and world, much of which is not taught in school nor talked about in their communities. During these sessions, youth are able to create their own piece of art (poetry, music, rap, drawing, acting skit, painting, dancing, etc.) to explain and showcase what they are learning. At the end of each month, the art generated by the youth is showcased in a community space, which gives students a sense of empowerment and ownership. These sessions also create a safe space for children to express themselves and have someone to talk to about issues they cant address at home. Through this program, Brittany is working to decrease the violence in her community and empower youth by giving them more opportunities to be successful.

Cairo Mendes

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Cairo is a an undocumented, queer, immigrant from Brazil. He began to organize around the DREAM Act in 2010 with the Student Immigrant Movement (SIM), during the past six years in SIM Cairo has transitioned from leading media campaigns, to running Deferred Action (DACA) clinics as the DACA Coordinator, and to presently being the Lead Organizer, helping to manage and support the statewide chapters. He is a 2013 Yp4 Fellow! Currently, Cairo is finishing his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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Caitlin Quinn

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Caitlin attended UC Berkeley, where she studied Political Science, Public Policy, and Ethnic Studies. At her time at Cal, she immersed herself in progressive politics on- and off-campus, and has worked to empower womyn and queer folks to become politically engaged. She has worked in the Gender Equity Resource Center on campus, connected students to campus resources, engaged in critical dialogue, and facilitated a variety of events. She has been an ASUC Senator with CalSERVE (Cal Students for Equal Rights and a Valid Education), endorsed by the queer community at Cal. Also in the ASUC, with the office of the External Affairs Vice President, she headed the non-partisan Vote Coalition in Fall of 2012, led the campus to register over 8,500 students and community members to vote in the general election. That was how she got her start with YP4 as a Civic Engagement Organizer in fall 2012, and Caitlin looks forward to growing even more with YP4.

BLUEPRINT: Divesting in Sweatshop Labor at UC-Berkeley. Caitlin’s Blueprint focuses on improving UC Berkeley’s impact on communities. Instead of feeding into sweatshops and poor working conditions in the United States and abroad, Caitlin seeks to build strong ties between her schools student government, the Associated Students of University California, and the Berkeley community all of which have nurtured so many progressive leaders and movements by helping UC Berkeley students find local, union-made goods for their groups at prices that they can afford.

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Phone: Divesting in Sweatshop Labor at UC-Berkeley Caitlins Blueprint focuses on improving UC Berkeleys impact on communities. Instead of feeding into sweatshops and poor working conditions in the United States and abroad, Caitlin seeks to build strong ties between her schools student government, the Associated Students of University California, and the Berkeley community all of which have nurtured so many progressive leaders and movements by helping UC Berkeley students find local, union-made goods for their groups at prices that they can afford.

Carlos Gonzalez

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Carlos studied Political Science and interdisciplinary Latino Studies at Amherst College. He worked to make Amherst a more welcomed and supporting environment for first-generation students through his involvement in student-led organizations like La Causa, the Latino student organization on campus. Carlos is committed to organizing as a means to achieve sustainable social change. He has been a past Midwest Academy Organizing intern and a Grassroots Organizing Weekend (GROW) trainer for the United States Student Association, an opportunity that allowed him to visit colleges across the country and train students on how to be more strategic organizers. He has plans to work on immigrant rights issues, affordable healthcare, and access to higher education. Carlos will study social justice and sustainable development in Fortaleza, Brazil.

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Carly Manes

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Carly began her work around sexual health and rights in high school and is deeply rooted in her work to ensure all people are entitled to make informed decisions about their own bodies, without struggle or financial barriers. She attended the University of Michigan, where she was a part of Advocates for Youth’€™s 1 in 3 Campaign campus activist program. She also served as the President of Students for Choice at the University of Michigan and was a member of Planned Parenthood’€™s National Youth Leaders Advisory Council.

BLUEPRINT: Building Progressive Power at the University of Michigan. Carly’s Blueprint is aimed at implementing a progressive student government campaign on her that promotes progressive ideals, including student body diversity, student voice in decision making, administrative transparency, college affordability, increased racial dialogue and enrollment, a culture shift around student activism and rights, and pushing for a proactive administration that adequately addresses student needs.

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Phone: Building Progressive Power at the University of Michigan Carlys Blueprint is aimed at implementing a progressive student government campaign on her that promotes progressive ideals, including student body diversity, student voice in decision making, administrative transparency, college affordability, increased racial dialogue and enrollment, a culture shift around student activism and rights, and pushing for a proactive administration that adequately addresses student needs.

Christian Rivera

Education Justice

Christian attended Columbia University. During his freshman year, he was part of several clubs: Peer Health Exchange (PHE), Heights 2 Heights, and Public Safety and Sabor, a Latino dance group. He loves to use photography, videos, and drawings to express himself. Over the summer, he was part of a trip to Ecuador through the WorldTeach program. He plans to use the skills from PHE and WorldTeach to return to his middle school, and help teach students there.

BLUEPRINT: George Jackson Academy College Mentorship Program. The George Jackson Academy College Mentorship Program assists high school students in navigating the high school experience and the college application process, engaging recent George Jackson Academy graduates as mentors to current program participants. By pairing high school students with recent graduates of the program who are now in college, the high school students receive invaluable mentorship and support in SAT prep, the college application and selection assistance, and visiting college campuses.

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Phone: George Jackson Academy College Mentorship Program. The George Jackson Academy College Mentorship Program assists high school students in navigating the high school experience and the college application process, engaging recent George Jackson Academy graduates as mentors to current program participants. By pairing high school students with recent graduates of the program who are now in college, the high school students receive invaluable mentorship and support in SAT prep, the college application and selection assistance, and visiting college campuses.

Cindy Nava

Education Justice

Cindy Nava is a graduate research assistant at the University of New Mexico Center for Education Policy Research. Her work in policy, advocacy and civic engagement has led her to lead distinctive statewide and national policy agendas to support access to higher education for minority students. Through her political engagement Cindy has become the first dreamer/undocumented immigrant to imbed herself in democratic leadership at a state and national level. In 2015, Cindy became the first dreamer to serve as an intern for the Democratic National Committee in DC, and in 2016 became the first dreamer to be awarded the Rising Star Award by the NM Democratic Party. Cindy is currently completing an MA degree in Higher Education Leadership and Policy, recently served as a NM House of Reps legislative education analyst and does motivational speaking across the country focused on empowering minority students. Cindy is a blogger for the Huffington Post and was recently completed a TEDx Talk focused on empowerment.

BLUEPRINT: Fighting for the New Mexico Scholarship Lottery System. Cindy’s involvement in student government, community centered fellowships, education and immigration work, and in progressive policy advocacy in New Mexico (NM) have allowed her to create a dynamic and effective Blueprint for Social Justice. Through her Blueprint, Cindy has created a direct collaborative alliance of organizations, community members, and policy makers to ensure underrepresented and low-income, first-generation New Mexican students have access to higher education. Cindys Blueprint works to create an informational campaign to assist students and communities to become engaged in the fight for saving the most important scholarship given to all high school graduates in her state, the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship. Historically, this scholarship has provided higher education tuition coverage for 4 years, but it had become insolvent. Several exclusionary, merit, and excellence-based solutions have been proposed, all of which would have excluded many low income students the primary recipients of the lottery scholarship from receiving benefits. By conducting informational forums between students, community leaders, and policy makers, Cindys Blueprint has united her community around the legislative debates surrounding the New Mexico lottery scholarship, organizing people for progressive change and ultimately saving the lottery scholarship.

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Phone: Fighting for the New Mexico Scholarship Lottery SystemCindys involvement in student government, community centered fellowships, education and immigration work, and in progressive policy advocacy in New Mexico (NM) have allowed her to create a dynamic and effective Blueprint for Social Justice. Through her Blueprint, Cindy has created a direct collaborative alliance of organizations, community members, and policy makers to ensure underrepresented and low-income, first-generation New Mexican students have access to higher education. Cindys Blueprint works to create an informational campaign to assist students and communities to become engaged in the fight for saving the most important scholarship given to all high school graduates in her state, the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship. Historically, this scholarship has provided higher education tuition coverage for 4 years, but it had become insolvent. Several exclusionary, merit, and excellence-based solutions have been proposed, all of which would have excluded many low income students the primary recipients of the lottery scholarship from receiving benefits. By conducting informational forums between students, community leaders, and policy makers, Cindys Blueprint has united her community around the legislative debates surrounding the New Mexico lottery scholarship, organizing people for progressive change and ultimately saving the lottery scholarship.

Cintia Flores

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Cintia is an Oakland native and she studied Environmental Studies at University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC). Her social justice experiences range from art to event planning. She is passionate about community organizing around education, food justice, queer people of color, and the environment. She was a member of Familia X, an organization that focused on creating a safe space for queer Latin students at UCSC. Although Cintia does not yet have set plans for her future in community activism, she knows that she will give back to her community in Oakland.

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Claire Zabel

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Claire has researched the possibility of using geoengineering as a response to anthropogenic climate change and attempting to optimize the world climate in the more distant future. She wants to better understand the role these strategies could play in efforts to achieve international environmental justice. She is also interested in ecological restoration, and humanity’€™s psychological relationship with nature. Claire has worked with the California Governor’€™s Office of Planning and Research, updating California’€™s long-term climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy, with a special focus on finding feasible and ethical solutions for California’€™s diverse communities. Claire is originally from Brooklyn and studied Earth Systems and Ethics in Society at Stanford.

BLUEPRINT: Effective Altruism. Claire’s Blueprint will teach and spark discussions amongst young people about effective altruism, the idea of maximizing positive impact per resource used. She will teach two classes, one for high school students and one for Stanford University students, about how to manage serious tradeoffs when trying to do the right thing. These classes will address questions like should we seek positions of wealth and power, then try to use it for good, or work directly to address the needs and problems different communities face?, Should I assist a cause that is personally meaningful to me, even if I believe there are more urgent or important problems facing my society?, and How can I know if my culture is causing me to do immoral things that just seem normal to me? She wants to support thoughtful debates that will challenge both students and the effective altruism movement and figure out how progressive values can best be used to reduce suffering around the world. Claire will also try to reach a wider audience through writing and storytelling in blogs and media outlets.

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Phone: Effective AltruismClaires Blueprint will teach and spark discussions amongst young people about effective altruism, the idea of maximizing positive impact per resource used. She will teach two classes, one for high school students and one for Stanford University students, about how to manage serious tradeoffs when trying to do the right thing. These classes will address questions like should we seek positions of wealth and power, then try to use it for good, or work directly to address the needs and problems different communities face?, Should I assist a cause that is personally meaningful to me, even if I believe there are more urgent or important problems facing my society?, and How can I know if my culture is causing me to do immoral things that just seem normal to me? She wants to support thoughtful debates that will challenge both students and the effective altruism movement and figure out how progressive values can best be used to reduce suffering around the world. Claire will also try to reach a wider audience through writing and storytelling in blogs and media outlets.

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