Voting Rights & Voter Engagement

BLUEPRINT: Turning Voters Out at FAMU. Florida A&M University YP4 Fellows helped register hundreds of new students to vote on their campus of 11,000 students. After their voter registration efforts were complete, the Fellows worked together in conjunction with Working Assets, a socially responsible business, to help put together an event called Party at the Polls. The event was held at the polling place and was designed to encourage students to vote on Election Day. Students who voted were invited to attend a party that had a DJ with hip-hop and R&B music, food, and plenty of people to hang out with. During the course of the day approximately two hundred students participated in the party!


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Immigration

BLUEPRINT: Immigrant Rights at Carlton College.The Carleton YP4 Fellows wanted to inform their campus about immigrants rights issues, encourage people to think about the issue in a progressive way, and build an alliance between the campus and local Northfield community. To do so, the Carleton YP4 Fellows brought several groups together to host an informational panel featuring several faculty members knowledgeable about the issue of immigration. Community members were also invited and encouraged to attend. The debate was lively and productive. The Fellows designed and distributed bumper stickers at the event designed to show their support for immigrants rights. There are now many cars driving around Northfield with their bumpers declaring Si Se Puede!


Voting Rights & Voter Engagement

BLUEPRINT: Sparking Civic Participation at University of Cincinnati. In order to increase civic participation, University of Cincinnati YP4 Fellows started an event called Northside Celebrates Voting. The event took place the weekend before Election Day. They sought out sponsors, invited bands to perform, and all candidates running for office were invited to speak. Over a dozen officials running for office came throughout the course of the event to speak to hundreds of voting community members.


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Environmental Justice

BLUEPRINT: Greening Ohio State University. YP4 Fellows wanted to see Ohio State University become an environmentally friendly, or green, campus. With 58,000 students, The Ohio State University is the largest University in the nation. YP4 Fellows worked with campus offices and several student groups to challenge the administration to go green. Fellows and their allies developed several commercials to be shown on the campus television station, stickers to place over light switches reminding students to turn off lights and buttons to wear in order to show support for a greener OSU. They also held a solar powered Green Fair featuring several environmental solutions. For example, Toyota brought hybrid vehicles the school could use in its fleet. To bring their message home to students, the Fellows and like minded students conducted a dorm raid in which they replaced all of the light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs. The students continued to push the administration to rely on green sources of power and to dedicate some of their energy savings to continued research on environmental sustainabilty.


Education Justice

BLUEPRINT: Creative Resistance at George Washington University. George Washington University YP4 Fellows engaged in an incredibly successful event called YP4 Creative Resistance. They organized a forum that also served as the kick off event for Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Crashing the Gate book tour. YP4 Fellows were able to bring students, activists and community members from across Washington DC to the event and to engage in a lively discussion afterward. Adam Connor, a 2006 YP4 Fellow took this experience with him to his training as part of the Front Lines Leaders Academy, and continues to work to find new and innovative ways to engage people in the political process.


Education Justice, Racial Justice

“BLUEPRINT: Organizing to Save Affirmative Action in Michigan. In the November 2006 elections, a statewide ballot initiative called the “”Michigan Civil Rights Initiative”” aimed to ban affirmative action policies and outreach programs at all publicly funded state institutions including higher education institutions. The ballot initiative was sponsored by Ward Connerly


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