Young People For

Young People For (YP4), a program of People For the American Way Foundation, is a national leadership development program for college-aged students that works to identify, empower, and engage the newest generation of progressive leaders.

With a powerful network of more than 1,600 Alumni equipped with the critical organizing skills and hands-on experience they need to create sustainable change, YP4 takes a stand for progressive values by investing in the long-term infrastructure of our movement- young people. They recognize young people provide a vital infusion of ideas, energy, and passion to the progressive movement, and their continued activism and leadership is critical to building a progressive future. We are dedicated to encouraging young people to be campus and community leaders today, while supporting them with the skills and resources they need to create the change they want to see tomorrow.

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What Is the YP4 Fellowship?

The Young People For (YP4) Fellowship is a year-long 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 work on an array of issues on campuses and in communities across the country.

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Blueprints for Social Justice

As part of the YP4 Fellowship, each Fellow creates a Blueprint for Social Justice, a sustainable and community-based project to address a need in their local area. YP4 provides Fellows with the training, mentorship, resources, and technical assistance necessary to ensure their Blueprints can survive and thrive in the long-term.

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By the Numbers:

110
Fellows in the 2016 fellowship class

88
Percent of the 2016 class that identifies as people of color

10,000
Number of voters YP4 fellows helped get to the polls in 2016