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The Pomona College YP4 Fellows created a two-fold action plan. These YP4 Fellows built a progressive coalition on campus in order to unite the efforts of progressive organizations at Pomona. First, they met with partner organizations on campus to build a cohesive network and establish meeting times and communication structures. Then, they established a website to serve as a clearing house for information and to streamline communication on campus for progressive groups and allow them to post meeting times, discussion and actions. Once the website was launched, the group used their coalition to pursue a living wage campaign on campus. The Fellows connected with outside organizations including Jobs With Justice to research the actions that have been taken on campuses around the country and to gather materials. Once the research phase was complete, they took action on their issue and held a training on their campus featuring a panel of speakers and poetry slam event on October 11th, 2005.

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YP4 Fellows at Florida A&M University and Florida State University partnered to work on issues of higher education in the state of Florida for their Blueprints for Social Justice. At the time the state was facing the implementation of a Block Tuition bill, which would implement significant budget cuts and could force graduation from state universities to occur within four years, thereby preventing students from pursuing work opportunities or internships during their studies. The Florida YP4 Fellows saw this as a crippling blow to public higher education in their state and mobilized to prevent the passage of this legislation. They kicked off their action plan with a Young People For training March 18-19th, 2005 to educate their community about and heighten awareness surrounding this proposed bill. Through trainings on advocacy techniques, Public education issues, the supreme court, and messaging tactics, the YP4 Fellows attempted to show how the Florida legislature has unfairly targeted higher education with disproportionate budget cuts and how these cuts may limit the accessibility of higher education in the state. The students coordinated with local media and partnered with progressive organizations on campus to garner support for their cause and to mobilize students to be a part of their efforts.