The Young People For (YP4) Fellowship is a yearlong leadership development program for young people committed to creating positive social change in their communities. Fellows represent diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and approaches to social change, and they are working on many different progressive issues on campuses and in communities across the country.


The Fellowship year runs from May 1st to the last day in April and includes:


The Blueprint for Social Justice

YP4 Fellows develop a community action plan called a Blueprint for Social Justice to address a need in their community. With support from staff, their Fem/Mentors, and the opportunity to gain a small seed grant, Fellows work to implement their Blueprint project, before and after their Fellowship, using the skills developed throughout the Fellowship year.

Regional Training

At the beginning of each new Fellowship year, Fellows convene with others in their region to learn foundational social justice leadership skills through workshops, guest trainers, and discussions.


Fellows are paired with an alum based on skill set, issue area, and region. Each Fellow works with their Fem/Mentor to advance their leadership development and develop their Blueprints for Social Justice.

The National Summit

In February, all Fellows convene to further develop leadership skills, gain tools and resources necessary to create change through their projects, and network with leaders in the progressive movement.

Civic Engagement Opportunities

At the core of Social Justice is civic engagement which lays the foundation for our Vote and Courts Matter initiatives. These initiatives are additional learning cohorts that are a part of our leadership development cycle. Learn more about them be checking out our Civic Engagement page.

Lifelong opportunities

After the Fellowship year, Fellows continue to connect with, learn from, support, and collaborate with other emerging and established progressive leaders and organizations at the forefront of fights for social justice across the country and around the world.

Upon successful completion of the Fellowship year, Fellows enter our growing Alumni network of nearly 1,700 progressive leaders across the country and gain access to our Advanced Leadership and Alumni opportunities. Our alumni engagement opportunities ensure that the relationships made and the work completed during the Fellowship year are sustained and supported long-term. We assist alumni with internship placements, job opportunities, trainings, and networking opportunities to enhance their impact as young leaders.


If you are interested in applying for the Fellowship Program, applications for the 2018-2019 Fellowship class open on October 1st 2017. Visit us again to apply, or sign up to receive a notification for when applications open and other updates.

Check out last year’s class here!

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