Trinity students Annie Osorio-Perez, Christine Palmer and Natasha Ray are among the 180 Young People For Fellows selected from a highly competitive pool of college students from across the nation. Chosen from over 1000 nominations and 400 applications, Fellows were selected to advance progressive values and issues in their communities and prepare for future leadership roles in the progressive movement. Young People For is sponsored by the People for the American Way Foundation.
Young People For Fellows represent the strongest campus leaders and activists who will help to build progressive power in America and become the leaders of nonprofit organizations, media, private sector businesses, and serve as campaign managers and future elected officials.
Past fellows have worked on a range of progressives issues on the campus, state, national and international level. Forming student groups to protest the genocide in Darfur, campaigning for a living wage for campus workers, organizing a community group to increase Latino political power, creating a campus alliance between Muslims and Jews, mentoring high-school students and organizing to combat discrimination against gay students Young People For fellows bring creative leadership to progressive ideals.
“>Young People For is a leadership development program focused on identifying, engaging, and empowering the current generation of young progressive leaders,” said Young People For Director, Iara Peng. “Young People For identifies young people who are campus and community leaders today, engages them in the issues and values the concern them most, and equips them with knowledge, skills and experiences they can put to work on behalf of the progressive movement.”
Over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, Young People For fellows gathered in Washington, DC to share ideas, learn organizing skills, and hear from national progressive movement leaders. Each Fellow attended the Young People For National Summit for Progressive Leaders and Activists, which kicked off the year-long Young People For fellowship program. After the Summit, fellows returned to their communities equipped with new skills and information, as well as self-designed blueprints for social justice that will be implemented over the course of the next year.
Young People For provides a national infrastructure to support young leaders’ ongoing activism on the frontlines and facilitates connections to leaders and organizations in the progressive movement. Young People For works to build intergenerational networks that will enable progressive organizations to identify a significant pool of talented, qualified, passionate, and committed young leaders and encourage their continued professional development within the progressive movement. Read more about Young People For