17 10 / 2013

A third year student at Florida State University majoring in psychology and political science, Yakiara Gonzalez is working towards becoming an activist for world peace. She is currently a member of the Dream Defenders Chapter at FSU, an organization committed to promoting social change by training and organizing the youth and students. This past summer she worked as an Upward Bound counselor working with 41 high school students ranging from 9th to 12th grade. Fall and spring of 2012 she volunteered at a day care center with the Jumpstart Program working with children on various skills such as literacy, vocabulary and phonemic awareness, to promote educational success for their futures. She continues to support those who believe in social justice, equality, and the empowerment of others. She is honored to have been awarded this opportunity to be surrounded by others who are devoted to making the world a better place. 

A third year student at Florida State University majoring in psychology and political science, Yakiara Gonzalez is working towards becoming an activist for world peace. She is currently a member of the Dream Defenders Chapter at FSU, an organization committed to promoting social change by training and organizing the youth and students. This past summer she worked as an Upward Bound counselor working with 41 high school students ranging from 9th to 12th grade. Fall and spring of 2012 she volunteered at a day care center with the Jumpstart Program working with children on various skills such as literacy, vocabulary and phonemic awareness, to promote educational success for their futures. She continues to support those who believe in social justice, equality, and the empowerment of others. She is honored to have been awarded this opportunity to be surrounded by others who are devoted to making the world a better place. 

01 8 / 2013

Zane Ballard
Millsaps College, Mississippi
Spring 2016

Zane Ballard

Millsaps College, Mississippi

Spring 2016

08 7 / 2013

Alex Holland
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Spring 2015Alex, a junior studying political science and economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, aspires for a career in public service. He co-founded the Bipartisan Issues Group to open dialogue about the issues our nation faces. In addition to serving in both the Wisconsin state capitol and national capitol, Alex represents UW-Madison on the cold, windy slopes as a member of the UW-Madison Alpine Ski Team. Alex is looking forward to joining other YP4 Fellows to promote social justice and equal opportunity.

Alex Holland

University of Wisconsin at Madison

Spring 2015

Alex, a junior studying political science and economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, aspires for a career in public service. He co-founded the Bipartisan Issues Group to open dialogue about the issues our nation faces. In addition to serving in both the Wisconsin state capitol and national capitol, Alex represents UW-Madison on the cold, windy slopes as a member of the UW-Madison Alpine Ski Team. Alex is looking forward to joining other YP4 Fellows to promote social justice and equal opportunity.

03 7 / 2013

03 7 / 2013

Carlos Gonzalez
Amherst College
Spring 2014
Carlos a Political Science and interdisciplinary Latino Studies double major at Amherst College. He has worked to make Amherst a more welcoming and supporting environment for first-generation students through his involvement in student-led organizations like La Causa, the Latino student organization on campus. Carlos is committed to organizing as a means to achieve sustainable social change. He is a past Midwest Academy organizing intern and a current Grassroots Organizing Weekend (GROW) trainer for the United States Student Association, an opportunity that allows him to visit colleges across the country and train students on how to be more strategic organizers. He plans to work on immigrant rights issues, affordable healthcare, and access to higher education. Carlos will study social justice and sustainable development in Fortaleza, Brazil next semester.

Carlos Gonzalez

Amherst College

Spring 2014

Carlos a Political Science and interdisciplinary Latino Studies double major at Amherst College. He has worked to make Amherst a more welcoming and supporting environment for first-generation students through his involvement in student-led organizations like La Causa, the Latino student organization on campus. Carlos is committed to organizing as a means to achieve sustainable social change. He is a past Midwest Academy organizing intern and a current Grassroots Organizing Weekend (GROW) trainer for the United States Student Association, an opportunity that allows him to visit colleges across the country and train students on how to be more strategic organizers. He plans to work on immigrant rights issues, affordable healthcare, and access to higher education. Carlos will study social justice and sustainable development in Fortaleza, Brazil next semester.

01 7 / 2013

George Agustin Markarian
University of California at Berkeley
Spring 2015
George is a nearly life-long Los Angeles resident. He attended Los Angeles Valley Community College and is transferring to the University of California at Berkeley in the fall. At Berkeley, he plans to study political science with a focus on comparative politics and minor in public policy. He is deeply invested in improving the access of historically disenfranchised and marginalized communities to a quality public education. He is motivated by his experience growing up in minority-majority neighborhood in Los Angeles where access to resources and opportunities were not as readily available as they were in more affluent neighborhoods. George has an interest in expanding community access to renewable energy sources  and foreign affairs. He served as the Vice President in student government at his alma mater, and as a Senator in the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, the statewide student government. In his free time, George enjoys relaxing at the beach, listening to music, and staying active; he is a dedicated fan of FC Barcelona and the Los Angeles Lakers.

George Agustin Markarian

University of California at Berkeley

Spring 2015


George is a nearly life-long Los Angeles resident. He attended Los Angeles Valley Community College and is transferring to the University of California
at Berkeley in the fall. At Berkeley, he plans to study political science with a focus on comparative politics and minor in public policy. He is deeply invested in improving the access of historically disenfranchised and marginalized communities to a quality public education. He is motivated by his experience growing up in minority-majority neighborhood in Los Angeles where access to resources and opportunities were not as readily available as they were in more affluent neighborhoods. George has an interest in expanding community access to renewable energy sources  and foreign affairs. He served as the Vice President in student government at his alma mater, and as a Senator in the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, the statewide student government. In his free time, George enjoys relaxing at the beach, listening to music, and staying active; he is a dedicated fan of FC Barcelona and the Los Angeles Lakers.

01 7 / 2013

01 7 / 2013

Jordan Whitledge
University of Southern Indiana
Jordan is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Indiana with degrees in business administration and economics. He served as the 2011-2012 student body president at USI, among various other roles, and worked to improve cooperation of organizations,  and increase diversity and engagement of students.  He is committed to creating a vibrant democracy in the United States and aims to accomplish this through programs that focus on diversity, education, and civic engagement.

Jordan Whitledge

University of Southern Indiana

Jordan is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Indiana with degrees in business administration and economics. He served as the 2011-2012 student body president at USI, among various other roles, and worked to improve cooperation of organizations,  and increase diversity and engagement of students.  He is committed to creating a vibrant democracy in the United States and aims to accomplish this through programs that focus on diversity, education, and civic engagement.

19 6 / 2013


Verone Bernard
Howard University, District of Columbia
Spring 2015
 
Verone  is a sophomore at Howard University where she is majoring in Political Science. Her passions lie in education and poverty policy reform. Verone and her sister founded the  non-profit youth led organization, SPARK the Truth, which promotes civic engagement and nonviolence in the city of Boston through the South African proverb of Ubuntu, which translates to “I am because you are.” Ubuntu is Verone’s guiding principle; it gives her hope for a better world. She is a member of Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; the Charles Houston Hamilton Pre-Law Society; and the Golden Key International Honor Society. She plans to attend law school after graduating from Howard.

Verone Bernard

Howard University, District of Columbia

Spring 2015

 

Verone  is a sophomore at Howard University where she is majoring in Political Science. Her passions lie in education and poverty policy reform. Verone and her sister founded the  non-profit youth led organization, SPARK the Truth, which promotes civic engagement and nonviolence in the city of Boston through the South African proverb of Ubuntu, which translates to “I am because you are.” Ubuntu is Verone’s guiding principle; it gives her hope for a better world. She is a member of Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; the Charles Houston Hamilton Pre-Law Society; and the Golden Key International Honor Society. She plans to attend law school after graduating from Howard.


19 6 / 2013


Arleya Horne
Xavier University of Louisiana
Spring 2014

Arleya is a National Board Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a resident assistant at Xavier University of Louisiana. Her passion lies in the empowerment of communities through education and community organizing. She’s inspired by the words of Edmund Burke “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” and she pushes to make a positive difference where ever she can. As she approaches the completion of her Bachelor Degree, she is determined to continue working in enviroments that allow her to motivate and empower others.

 

Arleya Horne

Xavier University of Louisiana

Spring 2014

Arleya is a National Board Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a resident assistant at Xavier University of Louisiana. Her passion lies in the empowerment of communities through education and community organizing. She’s inspired by the words of Edmund Burke “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” and she pushes to make a positive difference where ever she can. As she approaches the completion of her Bachelor Degree, she is determined to continue working in enviroments that allow her to motivate and empower others.