Christin “Cici” Battle
Christin “Cici” Battle is Young People For’s first alum to serve as Director. Hailing from Miami, Florida, by way of Denver, Colorado, Cici is a vivacious youth engagement expert who brings rich experiences leading youth-centered movements both in domestic and international spaces to the work of leading the YP4 Program.
She most recently served as a Professor for Leadership Development at the National Learning Service (SENA) in Cali, Colombia. There, she crafted and implemented the college’s first leadership development curriculum and helped her students amplify their voices. Prior to that, she served as Florida’s Statewide Youth Engagement Coordinator for the Department of Juvenile Justice in the Office of Prevention and Victim Services, where she facilitated community building spaces for young people and restructured and managed the Florida Youth Commission; a statewide youth board which advises the Governor’s Children’s and Youth Cabinet. Prior to joining DJJ, she served as a Gubernatorial Fellow in the Department of Education, in the Division of Florida Colleges, and in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Cici earned her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration with a focus on Educational Policy and her Bachelor’s in Psychology with an emphasis on Leadership Development from Florida International University. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Andrea Sosa is the Policy and Civic Engagement Manager at Young People For, where she manages the organization’s policy and civic engagement initiatives and programs. She is originally from Tampico, Mexico, and has also lived in Baltimore, Maryland.
Andrea is a public policy wonk with a variety of experience in student networks and organizing, and social justice advocacy. In previous work experiences, she has worked with the Roosevelt Network, the nation’s largest student think tank, in a variety of capacities including organizing and curriculum development, and in various issue areas including economic development and prison reform. In these efforts, she coordinated a national network of students working towards pushing their universities to invest in their local communities’ economic development. She has also worked with the AFL-CIO, contributing to their trade and globalization policy and advocacy efforts in Washington, DC. She has authored work published in The Baltimore Sun, the Roosevelt Network’s Equal Justice policy journal, the AFL-CIO Blog, and The Huffington Post.
Andrea received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French, with a concentration in Peace Studies from Goucher College.
Haley Miller is the Fellowship Program Manager at YP4. She is a proud Midwesterner who was raised most of her life in the great state of Kansas. Haley has extensive experience in red state youth organizing and youth leadership development.
Prior to joining YP4, Haley was the Midwest Regional Coordinator at URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity where she worked with young people across Kansas and Ohio to organize chapters on college campuses to advocate for cultural and policy change on reproductive justice issues at the local, state, and national level. While at URGE Haley initiated the creation of Wichita, KS’s first Abortion Positive billboard and helped with the creation and implementation of URGE’s first Abortion Positive campus tours.
Haley attended the University of Kansas and graduated in 2013 with a BA in Women’s Studies and English with a minor in Jewish Studies. During her time at KU, Haley was involved with the Commission on the Status of Women (now SURGE) and served as a Jr./Sr. CLAS Senator for two years as well as the chair of KU’s Student Senate Multicultural Affairs Committee where she led the committee in the creation of Student Senate seats for International students.
Saryn Francis is Young People For’s Communications Coordinator, where she handles all digital and communications content. Saryn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University in 2015. She was born in Plano, Texas, and raised in the United States Virgin Islands on the island of St. Thomas.
While at Howard, Saryn served as a News Director and Production Director for Howard University’s student run radio station, WHBC 96.3 HD3. She also was a host/producer on Sirius XM Channel 141 HUR Voices on a show called Internal Affairs. There, she produced and shows featuring topics that affected college students and interviewed professionals for current event discussions. Saryn also has interned for ABC and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. After college, she interned with her Delegate to Congress, the Honorable Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands where she served as a Press Secretary Intern. Most recently she worked as an Associate Journalist at WNEW 99.1 FM where she conducted and edited off-air interviews, assisted producers in writing and researching stories.
Chris Hooten is the Advanced Leadership and Alumni Coordinator at Young People For, where he organizes events and initiatives to re-energize and support the Alumni Network. This role includes coordinating webinars, meet ups, managing the Mentor program, and encouraging relationship building. YP4 plans on utilizing the skills and resources of our distinguished alumni to inspire and mentor our Fellows.
Chris is a youth development professional with extensive community service, education, and event planning experience. His youth development and education experience ranges from teaching English in rural Rwanda to serving on the board of Circle K, a statewide collegiate non-profit focused on public service. He has earned multiple awards and honors for his community service and commitment to youth development including the Distinguished Service and Community Service Leader Awards. He has served as Alumni Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA with the top tier DC based non-profit, Higher Achievement, working to engage youth from under-supported communities.
Chris was most recently a fourth grade teacher at Two Rivers Public Charter School, working to increase literacy with economically disadvantaged youth. He graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Gender Studies. Chris is passionate about realizing gender, racial, and economic justice by supporting leaders who challenge and combat oppressive systems in their communities.
Kaleab Brook is the Policy and Civic Engagement Coordinator at YP4, where he facilitates the organization’s policy and civic engagement initiatives and programs. He is originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but was raised in Las Vegas, NV since childhood.
Kaleab is passionate about civic engagement and boosting the millennial footprint in our political process. He has extensive experience in both student and community organizing. Recently, Kaleab worked for the Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP) where he began as a field organizer training and managing a team of volunteers to help turn out the vote during the 2016 election cycle. Before joining YP4, Kaleab was the lead organizer in the state party’s successful efforts to unseat a long established Republican on Las Vegas city council in the contentious 2017 municipal elections. In addition to canvassing and running multiple staging locations, he also collaborated with community leaders and organizations, local schools and small businesses to register new voters and help build voter awareness.
Kaleab attended The George Washington University and graduated in fall of 2015 with a BA in International Affairs and Economics. As a student, Kaleab worked as a research/case study assistant at George Washington’s Department of Anthropology where he archived, researched and analyzed anthropological data pertinent to African linguistic, culture and sociocultural theory.
Darya Nicol is the Curriculum and Blueprint Coordinator at YP4, where she writes curriculum and supports Fellows’ social justice wok on their campuses and in their communities. Darya was born to a Sierra Leonean mother as the youngest of three girls and grew up in Aurora, Colorado. As a socially and politically engaged Krio-American cisgender woman, Darya seeks to better and understand this world by centering the experiences of those most impacted by societal and global injustices.
Darya’s experiences in life and as a student activist have taught her that there is potency in joint efforts to combat intersectional injustices. Darya is a creative and through her work with BYP100 DC, she serves as a communications co-chair as well as a co-editor for MelaNation, a zine focused on depicting what liberation could look like for Black people in the D.C. metro area—some of Darya’s visual art can be found within the zine. Along with creating visuals, Darya has also written content for various blogs focusing on race, sustainability, and early childhood education.
Darya’s work and internship experiences in government, nonprofits, and service industries reinforce her commitment to societal introspection and civil rights. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester.
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