Young Elected Officials Network

Young Elected Officials Network The YEO Network works with young elected leaders around the country as they change communities and b

The Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, a program of People For the American Way Foundation, is the first and only national initiative to provide a network of support to the newest generation of progressive leaders at every level of elected office. Our program was founded by young elected officials and continues to be led by them. In our 10 years we have grown to a network of over 1,000, with m

embers and alumni in every state in the country. The YEO Network is a cutting-edge program investing in the pipeline of progressive leadership and building sustained relationships with our members. We provide the resources young elected officials need to effectively impact policy, foster their own development and professional growth, and elevate their voices and their leadership in the broader progressive movement. We serve to connect those working towards a progressive agenda in communities across the country. Nationwide Networking -

The YEO Network is a genuine community and support network for our members—who value the peer exchange, mentorship, and energy of being brought together with other young progressive leaders, mentors, advisors, and policy experts. Policy Support -

The YEO Network collaborates with our strategic partners to provide policy training and resources to our members year-round. In addition to policy summits and academies, we provide training at our annual National Convening, a yearly policy book, an online legislative exchange, teleconferences, newsletters, regular policy bulletins, and individualized research support. Leadership Development -

The YEO Network offers ongoing professional development in all of our programming. We provide access to high-level training—always informed by the needs of our membership—on executive leadership, good governance, and advancing to higher office. We hold workshops and webinars on everything from effective messaging to technology in constituent engagement.

08/19/2022

’s Inaugural Summit brought together members of its Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, African American Ministers Leadership Council (AAMLC), and alumni from its activist and campaign training programs to reimagine America at a time when we need them most.

Rooted in our principles of Truth, Justice, and The American Way, we gathered some of the best and brightest in progressive leadership to learn about and inspire action that defends democracy, reimagines public safety, and protects the freedom to learn.

Check out photos, resources, our Report on reimagining public safety and more about the thinkers and convos that fueled Summit at yeonetwork.org/bigideas

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We’re proud to announce the 2022 nominees for our Barbara Jordan Leadership Award! Each year, members recognize a fellow...
05/26/2022

We’re proud to announce the 2022 nominees for our Barbara Jordan Leadership Award!

Each year, members recognize a fellow YEO who, like ’s co-founder, has been a barrier-breaking fighter for truth, justice & the American way.

Congrats to our nominees!
, U.S. Representative, Philadelphia, PA
, State Rep., Orlando, FL
, State Senator, West Park, FL
, State Rep., Atlanta, GA
, Commissioner, Shelby County, TN
, Mayor, Baltimore, MD

Learn more about the award, our nominees + vote: YEOnetwork.org/jordanaward

Extraordinary times call for an extraordinary gathering. We’re welcoming bold progressive leaders to Atlanta for People ...
03/21/2022

Extraordinary times call for an extraordinary gathering.

We’re welcoming bold progressive leaders to Atlanta for People For the American Way’s Big Ideas Summit.

Application opens to members Wed. March 23rd at Noon ET. Learn more about at YEOnetwork.org/summit.

Extraordinary times call for an extraordinary gathering. We’re welcoming bold progressive leaders to Atlanta for ’s Big ...
03/21/2022

Extraordinary times call for an extraordinary gathering.

We’re welcoming bold progressive leaders to Atlanta for ’s Big Ideas Summit.

Application opens to members Wed. March 23rd at Noon ET. Learn more about at YEOnetwork.org/summit.

In the face of far-right extremism, disinformation, division, insurrection and brazen attacks on those long deprived of ...
01/06/2022

In the face of far-right extremism, disinformation, division, insurrection and brazen attacks on those long deprived of power, we can’t afford to stop now.

Now more than ever, we must unite a winning coalition to advance bold, progressive solutions to our toughest challenges.

In this fight for our communities and democracy, we won’t stand by— we’ll stand together. We’re activating elected officials, organizers, activists, faith leaders, and experts to protect our lives, our voices, and our votes.

March 31 - April 3.
Atlanta, GA.

Stay tuned for more.

Join electeds across the country in signing to urge the Biden Administration to cease all deportation efforts against Ha...
09/23/2021

Join electeds across the country in signing to urge the Biden Administration to cease all deportation efforts against Haitian migrants: shorturl.at/ahEJT

Please read and sign the below letter to urge the Biden Administration to cease all deportation efforts against Haitian migrants and respect their right to seek asylum in this country.

The YEO family is heartbroken to learn of the passing of Mobile, AL Council President and our friend Levon Manzie at age...
09/20/2021

The YEO family is heartbroken to learn of the passing of Mobile, AL Council President and our friend Levon Manzie at age 38.

We are grateful that Levon found a home in our network at the start of his consequential career in public service.

The YEO Network is better because of the time Levon eagerly and selflessly contributed to the program and to his peers across the nation.

We wish comfort to his family and his community as we endure together the incredible loss of an incredible man.

In this episode, Aspen, CO City Councilmember  discusses his experiences personally and politically with psychedelic-ass...
08/31/2021

In this episode, Aspen, CO City Councilmember discusses his experiences personally and politically with psychedelic-assisted treatment, and discusses the drug decriminalization issue at large. Listen at YEOnetwork.org/wtyp

On the latest episode of We The [Young] People Podcast, we talk to newly sworn-in State Senator  about transitioning fro...
08/12/2021

On the latest episode of We The [Young] People Podcast, we talk to newly sworn-in State Senator about transitioning from the State House to Senate, being a lawmaker of color, and what progressive policies she wanted to advance in her first term and beyond. Go to YEOnetwork.org/WTYP to listen!

Young elected leaders across our country know that there is no more important issue than saving and repairing the infras...
08/11/2021

Young elected leaders across our country know that there is no more important issue than saving and repairing the infrastructure of our democracy. As we celebrate critical investments in communities that need it most, members of the YEO Network remain focused on securing and expanding the right to vote for all of us.

From rallies, marches, meetings and media, members of the YEO Network came to Washington DC last week to tell  and  that...
08/10/2021

From rallies, marches, meetings and media, members of the YEO Network came to Washington DC last week to tell and that until bold federal legislation is passed to protect the right to vote.

Read more about last week’s push and the ongoing fight to and pass the at the link in our bio.

Join us Wednesday in DC to fight for the   and the passage of the   in the Senate.
06/07/2021

Join us Wednesday in DC to fight for the and the passage of the in the Senate.

On the latest episode of We The [Young] People Podcast, we talk to former Councilmember  about the meaning of AAPI repre...
05/27/2021

On the latest episode of We The [Young] People Podcast, we talk to former Councilmember about the meaning of AAPI representation in elected office as we continue to celebrate . Click the link in our bio to listen!

In the latest episode of YEO’s “We The (Young) People Podcast”, we talked with Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes about ...
05/17/2021

In the latest episode of YEO’s “We The (Young) People Podcast”, we talked with Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes about his thoughts on climate justice and his work to set Wisconsin on a path of bold climate action.

Listen now: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1neGnsNy4rxnkl0MH9KrKD

04/28/2021

EVENT UPDATE‼️: Tonight’s IG Live Voting Rights discussion scheduled for 7PM with State Rep. Park Cannon will now begin at 7:30PM! See you then at Instagram.com/YEOnetwork

04/27/2021

Ahead of President Joe Biden’s speech to a , Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon and Markus E. Batchelor discuss the work that must be done at The White House and in Congress to expand and defend the .

Join us Wednesday live on Instagram: Instagram.com/YEOnetwork

YEOs are ready and fighting for not just accountability for George Floyd’s murder, but justice for all of us. See our Bl...
04/21/2021

YEOs are ready and fighting for not just accountability for George Floyd’s murder, but justice for all of us.

See our Black Lives and American Policing Policy Portal at YEONetwork.org/blacklivesmatter

Young elected leaders across the nation are leading the hard work to transform systems to affirm Black lives and re-imagine public safety.

Hey, YEOs! We want to know where you get your daily source of news and informative content! Take the 3-question survey, ...
04/13/2021

Hey, YEOs! We want to know where you get your daily source of news and informative content! Take the 3-question survey, then send it to a fellow YEO:

Please fill out the short form below to help inform us on what influences you.

"A wave of anti-democratic measures... around the country is threatening to engulf our democracy."Great points for the  ...
04/09/2021

"A wave of anti-democratic measures... around the country is threatening to engulf our democracy."

Great points for the in this Wisconsin op-ed, written by YEO Network members Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and Rep. Jonathan Brostoff.

Earlier this month, the U.S. House took a democracy-affirming step that is sorely needed as we confront some of the biggest threats to our rights in recent memory. It passed

Join us tonight for a discussion on reimagining public safety with YEO Network members transforming systems in their com...
04/06/2021

Join us tonight for a discussion on reimagining public safety with YEO Network members transforming systems in their communities across the country!

03/22/2021
02/19/2021

Have you completed the YEO Network Annual Survey yet? What are you waiting for- do it today!

Tonight! YEO is partnering with Facebook for Government, Politics and Advocacy for a   discussion with young people and ...
02/09/2021

Tonight! YEO is partnering with Facebook for Government, Politics and Advocacy for a discussion with young people and Black elected officials on creating change and leading in their community. This discussion features amazing YEO Network members making history and fighting for lasting change and justice for Black Americans. You don’t want to miss this. Sign up at bit.ly/yeoblack29

01/21/2021

LIVE: Pete Buttigieg appears before the U.S. Senate as President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. Department of Transportation.

Pete joined the YEO Network after being elected as Mayor of South Bend, IN in 2012. Upon confirmation, he’ll be the 2nd YEO member to serve as a Cabinet Secretary.

Fun Fact: President Joe Biden, now our nation’s oldest President, started young. He was elected at age 27 to the New Cas...
01/21/2021

Fun Fact: President Joe Biden, now our nation’s oldest President, started young. He was elected at age 27 to the New Castle County Council in Delaware.

At 29, he became the sixth-youngest person elected to the United States Senate — two weeks before he was legally eligible to serve.

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