National Summit of the Young People For Fellowship – Creating Change That Lasts

2012-2013 YP4 Fellowship Class, Washington DC

One of the best opportunities of my life was becoming a Young People For fellow. While working on my latest social entrepreneurship endeavor, I’ve developed a Blue Print for Social Justice in this fellowship. My blueprint focuses on rebuilding the city of Detroit by educating and empowering women and families, instilling hope, and protecting our environment. As a previous Environmental and Climate Justice Fellow with the National  Association for the Advanced of Colored People (NAACP) National Headquarters, I had the opportunity to learn about the international approaches of social injustice in the form of environmental degradation by air pollution, water pollution, and contaminated land. My plan is to bring jobs to the city of Detroit while educating young people, women, and communities of color to increase

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their leadership capabilities and promoting community service to create a more sustainable society. At the National Summit, I had the opportunity to network and meet other young leaders from across the nation and build a strong foundation of networks.

It was an amazing opportunity and I’m still in awe at the great people, things, and experiences that I had the opportunity to have in Washington, DC with so many

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other phenomenal leaders. On the first day, we opened up with a warm welcome on Thursday, January 24th from the Director Joy Lawson. Later that night, we attended the Opening Awards Reception and began to network with other progressive leaders, organizations, and groups apart of the social justice movement nationally in Washington, DC.  During the course of the Summit, we talked about personal sustainability, power mapping, planning our work, networking, and organizational building.

I recommend this Fellowship to any inspiring leader who is passionate about social change and being the change they wish to see.

#BOW Black Outstanding and Wonderful -from left to right: Antoinette West, Ky' eisha Penn,  Brittany Stallworth, Dorthea E. Thomas (me)
#BOW Black Outstanding and Wonderful -from left to right: Antoinette West, Ky’ eisha Penn, Brittany Stallworth, Dorthea E. Thomas (me)
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