Joy Lawson is currently the Director of Young People For (YP4), a year-long leadership development program that helps a diverse set of student leaders turns their idealism into actions that advance social change on their campuses and in their communities. YP4 is a program of People For the American Way Foundation. Lawson began her career as a student organizer at the University of Kansas. For her work on Sex Education, she was awarded the Generation-to-Generation Chapter Leadership Award. Soon after, she joined the staff at Choice USA as a National Field Associate and later as the Midwestern States Field Coordinator. Committed to mentorship, she currently acts as a coach for the New Leaders Fellowship, housed in the Center for Progressive Leadership.