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Immigration

2011

Yaxal hopes to break away from the stigmas and fears that comes from coming out as undocumented. In order to do this she will partner with her organization Immigrant Youth Justice League to host a week of actions named National Coming Out of the Shadows Week. During this week of action they will have intentional conversations about standing up and speaking out about the injustices that undocumented peoples face and how to develop resources for them in the Chicago community.

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Civil Rights

2011

Through her Blueprint, YP4 Fellows Viridiana worked to encourage collaboration between Latina/o youth at Pomona College and local high schools. She worked with the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) of a local high school in the city of Pomona and the Latino club at the college, Empowered Latin@s in Action, to collaborate throughout the semester and for years to come. Viri’s vision for her work is to give younger generations of Latina/os examples of college students that come from similar backgrounds and that they can relate to and trust, and to create a space that connects college-aged and high school-aged youth to develop future leaders of social justice movements, encourage high school students to continue to fight for these movements, and collectively share ideas, encouragement, and skills to continue in these movements.

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Education

2011

Valerie’s goal is to promote a more equitable collegiate experience for all of the students on her campus. She is particularly interested in helping undocumented students gain access to the resources and tools that will help them be successful in an academic environment. In order to attain her goals Valerie hopes to develop a Community Center on her campus that will be accessible to all students and will include free computer use, fee waivers for applications and specific programing focused on recruitment and retention of undocumented students.

Civil Rights

2011

Vanessa is developing curriculum with the goal of getting young activists to think intersectionally about ways in which systems of oppression work together to marginalize specific communities and why it is imperative that we think about reproductive justice in a way that deconstructs normative institutions to ensure that all bodies, identities, and experiences are accounted for in the movement. We will be working with activists from different colleges and universities from around the country to build the bridge between understanding the benefits to “queering” reproductive justice issues and how this concept can be combined with valuable skill building techniques for on-campus as well as community activism in order to give students the tools they need to achieve tangible outcomes after the leaving the conference and returning to their communities. Vanessa will debut her curriculum at the Choice USA Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute in Long Beach in April.

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Civil Rights

2011

Tracy worked to make the University of Massachusetts a more accessible and inclusive experience for students who are differently-abled. Through her Blueprint, she worked to ensure that the university was surpassing the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities ACT and developed a class on disability rights. She also worked to develop a diversity and inclusion training curriculum that would be required of all members of her university’s community.