APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
YP4 fellows will spend one year developing a Blueprint for Social Justice- an intentional, sustainable, and community driven project that aligns with their vision for social change. Blueprint topics will include campus diversity, civic engagement, civil rights, economic justice, environmental justice, and international/human rights, among others.
The YP4 Fellowship class is comprised of 150 dynamic campus leaders from across the country that represent our nation's diversity, including fellows from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal colleges, community colleges, state universities, liberal arts schools and Ivy League universities. Fellows are recruited through a rigorous process that included outreach to thousands of students, community leaders, college faculty and staff, and non-profit organizations. After careful review of their applications and phone interviews, 150 fellows are selected.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
The year-long fellowship begins with regional trainings held across the county during the summer and leads to our annual National Summit in Washington, DC, each January, where Fellows learn from each other and from established leaders in the movement about critical issues, analyzing power dynamics, developing key strategies and building
strategic alliances to effect positive social change. Fellows apply their knowledge, skills and vision to their campus or community by implementing self-designed Blueprints for Social Justice to address critical issues or needs and work with a YP4 staff member, alumni, or partner who will serve as a coach throughout the year. Fellows will work with their coach to strategically choose an issue, develop relationships with potential partners, and receive assistance with developing a vision for their work. YP4 provides the support and resources necessary to help Fellows meet the goals and objectives of their innovative projects. YP4 will also provide Fellows with up to $500 to implement their Blueprint. Fellows will receive technical assistance from YP4 such as; help developing a budget for their Blueprint, skills and issue trainings pertaining to their work, access to online trainings and national conferences, and assistance with setting strategic goals as they implement their Blueprint in their community.
To empower progressive college students to be advocates for social change in their communities. YP4 fellows will spend one year developing a Blueprint for Social Justice- an intentional, sustainable, and community driven project that aligns with their vision for social change. Blueprint topics will include campus diversity, civic engagement, civil rights, economic justice, environmental justice, and international/human rights, among others.