All Fellows begin their YP4 experience over the summer at one of our three Regional Trainings, which take place in different cities across the country. At the four-day Regional Trainings, Fellows meet with 30-40 other young activists and organizers from their region, YP4 staff and Alumni, and organizational partners from the area. The focus of these initial trainings is individual capacity-building and leadership development.
Fellows are introduced to progressive values through workshops and discussions on power, privilege, oppression, intersectionality, allyship, personal storytelling, community building, and more. In addition, issue area experts join us to train the Fellows on topics ranging from environmental and reproductive justice to voting rights work. At these trainings, Fellows begin to draft a proposal for their Blueprint for Social Justice, the project they will lead in their own community later in the Fellowship year.
The Regional Trainings occur in different regions of the country. Exact locations change year to year. In 2017, Regional Trainings will be held in: Los Angeles, California June 15th- June 18th ; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 13th- July 16th; and Dallas, Texas August 10th- August 13th.
Attending a Regional Training is a requirement of the Fellowship. Not attending results in forfeiture of the program.