Young People For

The Fellowship

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 summer to summer, and includes:

Regional Trainings

At the beginning of each new Fellowship year where Fellows learn foundational social justice leadership skills through workshops, guest trainers, and discussions.


Fellows are paired with an alumnus who has experience in the Fellow’s issue area. Each Fellow works with their mentor to create an Individualized Leadership Development Plan (ILDP) to help them grow into even stronger leaders.

The National Summit

In January all Fellows come together in Washington, DC to further develop leadership skills, gain tools and resources necessary to create change through their projects, and network with leaders in the progressive movement.

The Blueprint for Social Justice

Each fellow creates a campus or community-based sustainable project, called a Blueprint for Social Justice, to address a need in his or her community. With support from staff, their mentors, and a small seed grant, Fellows work to implement their Blueprint projects using the skills developed throughout the Fellowship year.

Civic Engagement Program

Through our Civic Engagement program, Fellows are given additional opportunities for civic participation, including trainings on vote-focused organizing, collaborative issue-based campaigns, blogging opportunities, and more.

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 1,500 progressive leaders across the country. They gain access to our Advanced Leadership and Alumni program opportunities. Our alumni programs ensure that the relationships made and the work completed during the Fellowship year are sustained and supported long-term. We assist alums 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, please complete an application or an interest form. If you know any young change makers who should consider applying to our program, please fill out our nomination form.


For more information about YP4’s Fellowship Program, please contact Maryssa at

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