News Highlights

  • Red Cross denies YEO mayor because of gay ban; Take action!

    August 19, 2013

    YEO Evan Low, Mayor of Campbell, California, received a request from the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in his city. Low, an openly gay man, was then rejected from donating when he attempted to give blood. Encourage the reevaluation of the USDA’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, […]

  • Reproductive Rights in the US

    August 6, 2013

    Dawn Huckelbridge, policy director for Young Elected Officials (YEO) Action, recently highlighted for the Thomson Reuters Foundation the great work of YEOs across the country who are working to advance reproductive rights. In the wake of Texas Senator Wendy Davis’ filibuster, YEOs continue the fight against regressive legislation meant to control women’s bodies and work […]

  • Williams meets with Obama on Voting Rights Act

    August 2, 2013

    The President met privately in July with more than a dozen civil rights leaders and elected officials, including YEO, Florida State Rep. Alan Williams, to talk about strengthening the Voting Rights Act. Last month the Supreme Court struck down the most powerful provision of the 48-year-old law. Williams said he was encouraged by the president’s […]

  • New short film captures YEO essence

    August 1, 2013

    The new YEO short film, released during the 2013 National Convening, is leaving lasting impressions. During the original screening, Senior Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett, commented, “This video should be shown to kids in every high school across our country.” These are the stories of passionate and dedicated young leaders who have overcome struggle […]

  • YEO Dwight Bullard and YP4 Alum Phillip Agnew fight to repeal “Stand Your Ground”

    July 23, 2013

    The battle of the Dream Defenders at the Florida Capital made national headlines this week, with State Senator Dwight Bullard calling for action from the legislature and the Governor. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy   Continue to YEOs In The News>

  • Tulsi Gabbard highlighted by Vogue Magazine

    June 25, 2013

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was featured by Vogue Magazine as a rising star in the US House of Representatives and in party politics. The article highlights her personal and professional life, even visiting her in her home state of Hawaii. In the piece, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told the reporter, “I think she’s wonderful. She’s been […]

  • Rep Sean Garballey receives honor from National Association of Social Workers

    June 13, 2013

    Massachusetts State Representative Sean Garballey received the Legislator of the Year Award by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. Garballey commented, “I’m proud to stand with these amazing people who make our Commonwealth a better place to live.”   Continue […]

  • Mayor Svante Myrick highlighted for early success

    June 12, 2013

    Black Enterprise Magazine highlighted YEO and Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick as one of only six celebrities who found success either very early or very late in their careers. Last year, Myrick became the first mayor of color and youngest mayor of Ithaca, New York at age 24.   Continue to YEOs In The News>

  • Senator Angie Buhl O’Donnell is a “Harvey Milk Champion of Change”

    June 1, 2013

    South Dakota State Senator Angie Buhl O’Donnell was recognized by the White House as one of the “Harvey Milk Champions of Change” this year for her commitment to equality and public service. “Harvey Milk’s legacy has taught me that there’s great value in standing up and being counted, no matter who you are,” said Buhl […]

  • Melvin Carter appointed to Minnesota Department of Education

    May 21, 2013

    St. Paul City Councilmember Melvin Carter has been appointed Director of the Office of Early Learning for the Minnesota Department of Education. Carter will step down from his council seat July 5th to take the position. He was hired to this opportunity by Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, who said, “Melvin brings extensive leadership experience, broad […]

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