Alexis Newell is a freshman at Brown University considering studies in Africana, Business Economics, and Public Health. She is passionate about empowering underrepresented voices in community affairs on a local, national, and global basis. Having had the chance to work with kids with special needs and refugee youth from Africa and Latin America, she has been able to get a broader perspective on issues facing the youth of today that do not just tailor to “normal” kids. She is excited to use the resources she has available in order increase sustainable youth empowerment for years to come.
Christelle Etienne is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Legal Studies. She is an advocate of social justice and continues to work with various organizations on immigration, criminal justice, domestic violence, poverty alleviation, and tobacco related policies. Her blueprint project focuses on investigating and exploring the challenges of Haitian Immigrants in deportation and removal proceedings in the United States. As a YP4 fellow, Christelle wants to learn more about coalition building in empowering our community to fight for policies that inhibit the fair and just treatment of all.
Alphonso Amos is an individual that is committed to working for social justice and improving the quality of life of families. In 2015 at the age of 26-years old, Amos was elected to City Council in the city of Port Huron, Michigan where he served one term. He is a passionate advocate for youth and young adults, believing strongly in the power of volunteerism and service. Alphonso is the founder of a nonprofit organization known as Impact Youth Services whose mission is to impact urban youth and to positively influence their families and their environment through programs and activities. In addition to his role as a council member Alphonso Amos, has worked on many initiatives one being the African American Initiative for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan in which he worked to develop the African American Initiative; an initiative that will help shape the conversation on the need to create programs and funding for organizations that reach girls of color. Alphonso also leads community initiatives such as, Youth Voice and the Mentors Matter community initiative, homeless initiatives and community clean-up efforts. He is the past president of the Port Huron Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and former Michigan Coaching College Corp AmeriCorp Member. Amos is also currently serving on the Michigan Municipal League Energy, Environment, & Technology Policy Committee as a member and is a member of the Port Huron Rotary Club.
Valeria Fuentes, a senior Architectural Design student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, is both a student leader and a community leader in Baltimore City. She is passionate about addressing social justice issues within the city; in particular she is focused on food justice and racial inequities in the city. For the past year she has been running her own after school program called Kinetic Kitchen that works with local non-profits, community organizations, and Baltimore City schools to provide low cost and healthy cooking programs for youth and adults. She is also on the Resident Food Equity Advisor Committee that is run through the Baltimore City office of Sustainability and Planning which helps her provide her youth perspective and feedback to the city on their current food policy initiatives. She believes that food education is essential in addressing the root causes of food inequities.
Nick Thuot (they/them pronouns) is a White, trans, and non-binary educator and activist committed to dismantling systems of oppression and helping others find ways to enact liberation every day. Nick works as a hall director at Iowa State University where they strive to help create a home for marginalized students within higher education, despite higher education not being created with them in mind. Nick values the explicit articulation of self-care/self-love as a way to normalize the ways that justice seekers can remain sustainably engaged in fighting for liberation. Some of the ways Nick loves themself and takes care of themself includes but isn’t limited to: reading comic books, writing about gender feels, resisting cisbinarist efforts to erase them, running, and eating chicken.
Dorcas Adedoja is a non-binary trans-masculine individual who proudly hails from Philadelphia, PA and uses she/her/hers or they/them/theirs pronouns. She is a 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar and a double major in Anthropology & Human Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies: Race & Difference at Emory University. Dorcas is passionate about affirming black and LGBTQ+ identity. They love to read, eat, watch Philadelphia Eagles games, mentor younger black and brown youth, and help local organizers do what they are called to in their free time. Dorcas aspires to become a physician that helps make medicine more inclusive for all, but especially more inclusive for LGBTQ+ people of color.
Alyshia Gonzalez is a first generation graduate with a deep personal and civic commitment to social justice and equity for every community. Her experience has put her at the center of the policy process where she has worked effectively with government officials and other community groups to enact positive change and visibility for underrepresented communities. She has managed and trained hundreds of students on the best practices for effective community engagement in the fundraising, grassroots, and state election sector. In her spare time, Alyshia enjoys performing spoken word poetry and cooking for family and friends.