Nijeul Xaviere Porter, 2009 YP4 Fellow, pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree in Producing/Arts Management at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, California. With an ultimate goal of producing and managing theatre production and arts programming for young people, Nijeu also served YP4 as an Alumni Board member and trainer for three terms. He was a Community Organizer with the Pasadena Playhouse launching their community driven program “Consensus Organizing for Theatre”. A 2012 fellow with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Multicultural Fellowship Program, for young people of color interested in arts leadership, diversity, and inclusion. Named one of fifteen recipients of the 2012 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award, Nijeul uses art as a platform for creating social change. He has worked with programs such as LIFE AIDS, sponsored by the Black Aids Network, which promotes HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation, the National Youth Pride Services, and the NAACP ACT-SO Program. As a YP4 2009 Fellow, Nijeul helped create a 6-week interactive curriculum about the environment, sustainability, and the importance of recycling using the play When A Tree Grows in Brookland. Nijeul is a 2011 cum laude graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Arts Administration