News Release: McDaniel Sophomore Selected as a National Fellow for the Young People For

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February 28, 2017

Feb. 28, 2017

Contact: Cheryl Knauer



Chavez of Falls Church, Va., is one of only 50 students chosen from across the country

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Jasmin Chavez, a sophomore at McDaniel College, double majoring in political science and Spanish, is one of only 50 students from across the country selected as a 2017 national fellow for the Young People For. She resides in Falls Church, Va., and graduated from J.E.B. Stuart High School in 2015. 

The Young People For (YP4) fellowship is a leadership development program that identifies, engages and empowers the newest generation of progressive leaders to create lasting change in their communities. Throughout the one year fellowship, fellows are offered training, technical support and media assistance as they implement a self-designed community project called a Blueprint for Social Justice.  

The YP4 Fellowship consists of a regional training during the summer and a National Summit in Washington, D.C., in the fall. Chavez’s Blueprint for Social Justice is planned to be implemented in Falls Church in 2018. 

“I am excited to have been selected because I want to do more for my community,” Chavez said. “This past summer, I held STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] workshops in my community for children in elementary and middle school with a Griswold-Zepp award that I was granted by McDaniel. Approximately 50 children built rockets, volcanoes and robots, and not only learned the importance of a career in STEM, but were also empowered to stay in school and become leaders in their community. Through this YP4 fellowship, I hope to expand this program and be able to open it up to more students in the community.” 

At McDaniel, Chavez is founder and president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). She is also a Global Fellow and is currently serving as an advisory board member for the college’s Global Bridge program for U.S.-based students who were born or grew up abroad or are bicultural or binational. In addition, she is a resident advisor for first-year students, an admissions ambassador and a senator in the Student Government Association. As a freshman, Chavez was one of four students from across the country selected to intern at the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics. She has also been awarded a silver Presidential Service Award in Washington, D.C. 

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Editor’s Note:  Image of Jasmin Chavez is available for download.

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