The AFGE Young Organizing Unionists for the Next Generation (Y.O.U.N.G.) program seeks to mobilize young union members to become leaders and activists for social change within AFGE and the Labor Movement. AFGE members who are under the age of 40 and those mentors that are over 40 will work together to include younger workers into the union structure and keep them engaged in what’s at stake for working class Americans.
AFGE Y.O.U.N.G. intends to provide young members with networking opportunities and resources to engage in mobilizing other young workers into AFGE, union training to promote leadership skills, innovative social gatherings, AFGE conference meetings, and other engaging events. In doing so, AFGE Y.O.U.N.G. participants work to build lasting labor solidarity, advance issues of social and economic justice, and find more inclusive ways to engage the current and future generations in the Labor Movement.
Current AFGE Y.O.U.N.G. Initiatives
Goals of AFGE Y.O.U.N.G.
History of AFGE Y.O.U.N.G.
At the 2012 AFGE National Convention, a resolution was proposed and passed to support a National AFGE YOUNG Committee. Through the AFGE YOUNG Committee the union will promote the inclusive empowerment and education of young workers as engaged activists and leaders in the labor movement through organizing efforts in the Districts that will create new and innovative spaces for young, diverse, and motivated workers while hearing from young workers about their ideas, concerns and experiences.
This resolution specifically asked for AFGE’s support and encouragement to form a National AFGE YOUNG Committee comprised of an AFGE YOUNG Representative from each District that will participate in Committee meetings to discuss what’s important for the young workers in their District and write reports to advise the NEC on behalf of young workers.
Kendrick Roberson hails from Carson, California in the County of Los Angeles. Having first attended El Camino College, Kendrick attained an associate's degree in the field of economics. During his time at El Camino College, Kendrick was a winner in a nationwide competition hosted by NASA and began his current job at the Los Angeles Air Force Base’s Space and Missile Systems Center. In 2013, after transferring to Pepperdine for his undergraduate career, Kendrick earned his bachelor's degree in economics, and was accepted into Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management. Kendrick finished his time at Pepperdine by delivering the student address during his graduation ceremony.
Kendrick joined the union in 2016, and was selected to become the Local 2429 Y.O.U.N.G. representative in 2016. In 2017, Kendrick became the Y.O.U.N.G. representative for District 12, and was placed on the National Y.O.U.N.G. Committee. In 2020, Kendrick was elected to become the Chair of the Y.O.U.N.G. Committee, representing over 100,000 federal workers under the age of 40. While it may seem a platitude, Kendrick truly believes in fighting for hardworking employees. He is driven to eradicate workplace bullying, mistreatment, racism, sexism, and profiling. As such, Kendrick is constantly soaking in new knowledge that will aid in clearing the muddied waters of workplace inequality.
Chair of the National Y.O.U.N.G Committee
12th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Torre “Tor” White is a member of AFGE Local 446 in Asheville, NC. She is one of the District 4 Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinators and the Co-Chair of the National Y.O.U.N.G. Committee. She is an author, single mom of two, and true advocate. She serves on the Western NC Central Labor Council, Asheville/ Buncombe NAACP, NAACP NextGen Class, and other community entities. Her focus is on diversity, intentional inclusion, mental health awareness, and social justice. She is a strong believer that in order to demand change you must be a part of the change; nothing comes to those who remain silent. She is dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless and does not mind speaking out against injustices. She may be short but she is fierce and always willing to stand up and fight!
Torre believes that advocacy comes at a cost that everyone is not prepared nor willing to pay. Activism is often a thankless job that requires true commitment and sacrifice without accolades.
Torre encourages everyone to never be afraid to take your place in this world — there is no time like the present!
We Fight, We Fight, We Fight!
Quotes that inspire Torre
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s opposite.” -Nelson Mandela
Co-Chair, AFGE National YOUNG Committee
4th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Jennifer Dickerson (District 2)
Jennifer Dickerson has been an employee through the Federal Bureau of Prisons since March 2020. Since arriving at the Bureau of Prisons, Jennifer knew she wanted to come in and make a difference. With a background of Social Services, her passion with helping others continue with this new adventure. Entering the prison system, Jennifer knew there would be many challenges to face. She quickly became a member of AFGE Local 3975. Jennifer also became the Hispanic Program Assistant Manager and the Secretary of the Employees club. She believed that a diverse workplace would acknowledge the strengths in each employee to his or her potential. Most importantly, she believes diversity in the workplace will increase employee morale and increase productivity to be more involved. As the new Y.O.U.N.G Coordinator, Jennifer is excited to promote leadership and educate young members, as they are our future.
2nd District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Matthew Uchaker (District 3)
Matthew has served as the District 3 Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator since 2018. Prior to that, Matthew has been an active member and steward at AFGE Local 2028 in Pittsburgh. Union runs in his family. His father was a member of AFSCME for over 30 years, and Matthew feels privileged to carry on such a tradition. Matthew believes It is our right to get a fair shake in today’s world, and with a union we can fight towards that fair shake.
Matthew started out as a member of his local on day one. He became a steward many years after he had seen how things were transpiring around him. He was approached in 2018 to become a Y.O.U.N.G. coordinator and he leapt at the chance. Matthew currently serves as the recording secretary of the national committee. He is honored to be part of such a great group.
Quote that inspires Matthew
“The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
3rd District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
A native of York, PA, Da’Laine Simpson, son of the late Robyn L. Scott , has committed his life to being of service to those in need. He is a product of the Central Dauphin School District in Harrisburg ,PA and earned his certificate in Theology from Lancaster Bible College. Since graduating, he has been gainfully employed at the New Cumberland Army Depot and currently serves as Union Steward for The American Federation of Government Union. While working, he maintained his passion to be of service to God, committing his life to ministry at the tender age of 16. In the summer of 2012, was ordained and elevated to the office of Reverend.
Da’Laine uses his optimistic messages of resilience in his speaking engagements around the U.S, traveling to various states including Texas , Florida , and Ohio serving as the keynote speaker for many youth conferences. His message of hope and perseverance encourages audience members otherwise ready to give up to keep on going. Making a difference and being the difference is truly what he lives by. From the Christian community to the secular community, he continues to be a game changer in developing and encouraging the minds of those he speaks to daily. He believes his life’s mission is centered around stepping out on faith and changing somebody’s life and perspective of life.
Through his non-profit, Bro2GO, Inc. Da’Laine has been able to reach more people to live out his life’s mission. Created in 2017, Bro2GO would clearly be one of Da’Laine’ s greatest creations. The sudden loss of his mother during Bro2GO’s development in 2017 created difficulty in navigating through his own life. As a newly formed parent to his youngest brother, his personal journey and the trials endured would serve as his mission’s primary focus. He became more determined to make a difference in the re-entry world and as well for at-risk youth communities. In his capacity as the Chief Executive Officer of Bro2Go he has been recognized for his leadership and impact by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. receiving the “Society Impact Award” in 2018. By the organization’s 2nd anniversary in 2019, Bro2GO was being recognized by Harrisburg City’s Mayor Eric Papenfuse, State Representative Patty Kim and Governor Tom Wolf for the great strides that Bro2Go has taken to make Dauphin County and the Commonwealth a better place to live.
Currently Da’Laine serves on the York County Mentoring Coalition and the Capitol Region Ex- Offenders Support Coalition. Being of PURPOSE on PURPOSE defines the character of Da’Laine Simpson.
3rd District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Tanyell has been a proud member of AFGE VA Local 503 in Alabama for four years and serves as the union's executive vice president. She believes Les Brown said it best, " Someone's opinion of you is not your reality."
Tanyell hopes we inspire people to go beyond what someone says they can't do. She wants to help Y.O.U.N.G. people rise above every expectation and have no limitations.
5th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Brandon is a native of Fort Valley Ga. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force. For the last four years he has been a Federal employee for the Defense Logistics Agency (DoD). He’s been involved with the Union himself since around 2012 under AFL-CIO. His Family history however has Union ties that date back to his Grand Father in the 70’s and 80’s. Brandon comes from a Family that has always found themselves empathetic towards the underdog and those being taken advantage of. His Family has always shown him how to advocate on behalf of all people, especially those that are usually afraid to stand up alone and speak up on behalf of themselves. He’s been quoted in the newspaper that his local publishes biweekly stating that his family has been known for being the “Bully’s Bully!” Brandon is a member of AFGE Local 987 out of Robins AFB in Warner Robins Ga. There he is a Trustee elected to the executive board, the Chief Steward for DLA and he’s his locals Y.O.U.N.G Coordinator. Brandon remembers reaching out to the 5th District Y.O.U.N.G Coordinator Tanyell Hubbard as a local Y.O.U.N.G Coordinator soliciting for help. Time has elapsed and now he has the pleasure to work alongside her. He also is an avid member of his community as a member of his local NAACP, and various other community programs. Deity and Family are very important to Brandon. Brandon’s Faith teaches him that we were all put here to serve, and he enjoys putting in the work and serving the people as a good steward.
A quote that Brandon tries to live by is “United we stand. Divided we fall.”
5th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Candice Foster was born and raised on the southside of Chicago, IL. Her mother is a retired educator who fought for teacher's rights as a member of one of the country's largest guilds, Chicago Teacher's Union, while her father was the president of the Union Pacific Railroad labor union in Illinois, UTU Local 529. Having parents active in their unions, taught Candice to stand against inequalities in the workplace at an incredibly young age. Candice graduated cum laude with an Agriculture Economics degree from the 1st Black land grant university established in the U.S. and HBCU, Alcorn State University. She is one the youngest Senior Financial Analyst to serve at U.S. Housing and Urban Development, in the Chicago office. Candice also proudly serves as 1st Vice President of AFGE Local 0911 where she has been a strong advocate for worker's rights, racial equality, and fighting for a workplace free from discrimination, harassment, and bullying.
Outside of work, Candice is a wife to her best friend since grade school; a mother to their two daughters; and is a fierce advocate for affordable housing and equal treatment for all.
Quote that inspires Candice: "Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." – Fredrick Douglass
7th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Miranda Kiwelu was born and raised in Minnesota. Her father was the chief steward for his AFSCME local all throughout her childhood and early adulthood. Being union was instilled in Miranda at a young age, surpassing her understanding of why — then she became involved in the union and realized why first hand. Miranda is an advanced medical support assistant for General Internal Medicine at the Minneapolis, MN VAMC and has been in the VA system for 13 years. The Minneapolis VA has over 3,000 bargaining unit members. AFGE as a whole has over 300,000. Miranda currently serves AFGE Local 1969 as the third vice president, VA chief steward, the legislative political Coordinator and former Interim secretary. She currently serves her district as one of the District 8 Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinators. Miranda is proud to be on this journey and to learn from fellow union siblings that have gone before her.
Miranda joined the VA system in 2008 not realizing the battles she would overcome, the people she would learn from, and the situations she’d be involved in. Her initial passion stemmed from her own frustrations. She witnessed issues related to staffing, interactions between management, employees, fellow peers and lack of understanding for those dealing with general life stressors. Miranda also met a union steward from another local who really impacted her life at a low point. The steward helped her turn things around and from there Miranda has continued fighting and moving forward. The steward that helped Miranda has since become a local president at another facility and is someone Miranda will never forget. Miranda says, “ I wanted to help others the way she helped me.”
Once finally becoming a union steward Miranda was able to take her own experiences and work diligently to create positive culture shifts to begin re-establishing teamwork and foundations of mutual respect in various departments that too were struggling. She has been able to help others with EEO, MSPB, and OSC cases, as well as, teach and inform others on legislative matters that affect them. Miranda works to empower others, help facilitate communication among groups, lend an ear, get members connected to resources for various issues, re-instill hope, help many retire, build resumes, write grievances and represent employees who are often overlooked, unappreciated or at times facing unfair disciplinary actions.
Miranda believes union stewards are here to protect the process and to ensure that our members rights are being upheld in any action that comes forth and that their voices are being heard. As a District 8 Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator, with the help of her colleagues, Miranda has the ability to network throughout her state and within different districts across the nation to work together and make a much larger difference.
8th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Ambjor is a senior officer specialist with 3 years of service at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Ambjor has five years of prior federal service as a small arms repair foreman in the US Army. She is a union steward with AFGE Local 801.
Quote that inspires Ambjor
"I believe in honesty and integrity, having a belief system that you've thought through and then stick to. I believe in being creative and contributing, and I believe in taking a stand against injustice that you encounter in everyday life and not being idle in that respect." -Talulah Riley
8th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Dr. Janet Constance has served as the 9th District Y.O.U.N.G coordinator since 2018. She is deeply passionate about the labor movement, and joined the Y.O.U.N.G. Committee to help organize young federal workers so that AFGE survives and thrives for future generations. She also serves as the executive vice president, legislative political coordinator, and Y.O.U.N.G coordinator of AFGE Local 910. Dr. Constance is a clinical psychologist at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, specializing in posttraumatic stress disorder. She has been married for over 15 years and is the proud parent of 7-year-old identical twin boys.
Quote that inspires Dr. Constance
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
9th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
My name is Tiffany McPherson. I work for John Cochran VA Medical Center in the Health Administration Services. I have been a member of AFGE Local 96 in Saint Louis, Missouri since 2016. I became a Steward in 2018 and elected 2nd Vice President non-professional in 2020. In 2021 I was appointed Pride Coordinator for District 9 and in 2022 recently appointed Y.O.U.N.G Coordinator for district 9.
It is as an honor and privilege to be a part of a movement so powerful and so great. We are a part of history in the making, and I want to give all my skills, talents, and abilities to AFGE. I am a U.S Army Veteran who have given 14 years of my life to protect and to serve. I am now a committed AFGE Union Representative and Human Rights activist ready and willing to represent and serve AFGE. I will do the footwork, I will train, I will find innovative ways to reach, teach, and mobilize young American federal government employees.
9th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
10th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Mitch has been a Transportation Security Officer at Denver International Airport since August 2016. He joined AFGE at the same time and quickly became a Union Representative. Since then, he has been elected to Regional Vice President for Colorado and Sergeant-At-Arms for TSA Local 1127, he’s been appointed Local Chief Steward for Colorado, Local Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator, Council 100 Communication Committee and Y.O.U.N.G. Committee member then finally as District 11 Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator under NVP Tim Snyder.
After becoming a Union Representative and being mentored by the Executive Vice President of the Local he soon then learned of the issues that were present within TSA and wanted to do something to make things better for his coworkers and the agency as a whole. He jumped in feet first to attend as many trainings as possible to learn how to best represent his BUE’s and at the same time strengthen his Local, the Council and the Federation as a whole.
He hopes to continue to work with his network within TSA and AFGE to assist in changing the way our BUE’s are treated in the workplace, to educate BUE’s so they know when something is wrong and subsequently then report it appropriately and lastly, to mobilize our BUE’s into action by joining a committee or stepping into a position to build power to drive change for all!
11th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Taylor Wensel was born in the Utah She has been a member of AFGE 2199 for two years, 1 year as a local steward and a few months as the Local YOUNG Coordinator. He grandfather was a member of the railroad union, and her brother is a Union member or the UTA. Outside of the Union she is a wife, a mother to a beautiful daughter and a silly black cat. She also works for the VA; she is passionate in helping those who served our country. She is also back in college to become a RN. Her wish is to help bring a better, safer, and equal work environment.”
11 th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Andre Cunningham is the current President of AFGE Local 1117 which represents Title 38, Title 5 and Hybrid employees at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Denver CO. Andre was born in Jamaica and came to the United States in the early 2000’s. Andre serves as a Member at Large on the YOUNG committee and is an advocate for creating environments free of hostility and grounded in inclusion. Andre believes that YOUNG federal workers cannot prepare for their future unless the generation before them share their wisdom to be used as a road map to take YOUNG where it needs to go. Andre lives by the motto, “if you are not living on the edge, then you are taking up too much room”.
WFP Member At Large, D11
“I guess you could say I was a mostly complacent and easygoing federal employee most of my career, says Gilbert. “My younger brother was an exceptional union steward at our TSA local. He was targeted by management and eventually put into a forced resignation situation. I had a lot of anger towards my agency and didn't really know how to focus it afterwards.”
Gilbert believes that his brother probably would have come out on top if he had the Title V labor protections that all the other agencies have. Gilbert’s local president eventually asked if he wanted to help change things through the legislative and political coordinator (LPC) program. Gilbert saw this as a chance to make a difference within the agency for TSOs, and he eagerly accepted.
Gilbert has learned that every time he makes progression, there is always some new and bigger thing he needs to achieve to get TSOs closer to Title V rights. He believes It all leads to the same thing — unions as a whole need to become stronger. Being active and fixing the symptoms usually means addressing the systemic issues that exist. Though Gilbert is not as experienced as my peers, he believes that he can still contribute by bringing his contagious enthusiasm to the table for the labor movement.
Quote that inspires Gilbert
“If your opponent is of choleric temper seek to irritate.” - Roy Mustang
12th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Francis is dedicated to making the fighting 14th District proud. He believes in securing our future and making sure our Y.O.U.N.G. leaders have a seat at the table. And if not, he believes we can build a stronger table.
Francis Nichols III
14th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
Hello, my name is Patrick Holmes and I have been appointed to AFGE District 14 as the new 2nd Y.O.U.N.G/PRIDE Coordinator. I currently work for the federal government for CSOSA and is a part of AFGE Local 727. I joined CSOSA in June of 2011 as a Drug Testing Technician. While there in the drug lab, I have learned the position well and have helped to make it better. At that point in 2013, I decided to join the Union and be a voice for the drug lab in order to let upper management hear our concerns and opinions.
Since joining the Union, I have taken on the current role of Steward, Y.O.U.N.G coordinator for my local and most recently LGBTQ coordinator (Pride at Work) as they too should have a voice as well. I have gained a lot of knowledge while working with the Union under the leadership of President Yolanda Kent and have also represented a lot of dues paying members with different issues that they may have. I have sat at the table with upper management in contract negotiations and I am still working to help make the Agency better and a joy to work for. I can admit I have lost some battles, but I have won some as well.
As of October 2015, I have taken on the position of Community Supervision Officer, where I am currently in the Behavioral Health Unit. I know firsthand what the officers face and I am continuing the fight to make CSOSA a better work environment. I grew up in a small town called Greenville, Mississippi where I graduated high school in 2002. There I went to the almighty HBCU called Jackson State University where I graduated in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and concentration in correctional services. After undergrad I went on to further my education at Capella University by attaining a master's degree in public safety with a specialization in criminal justice and graduated with distinction in 2013.
By becoming your District 14, Y.O.U.N.G./PRIDE Coordinator, I will continue to listen to the members of AFGE District 14 and to each local. I will continue to put your best interest at heart and make sure that your voices are being heard. So, let's STAY READY AFGE District 14.
14th District Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinator
As a 23+ year member and leader in AFGE, I know the challenges and obstacles that young leaders routinely encounter when coming up in the union, as I’ve experienced many of those challenges when I became local president at just 30 years old.
Aside from a district national rep, there weren’t too many that were willing to take the time to assist and teach a young, energetic, and intelligent female leader. Fortunately, I was able to meet other leaders and activists at the national convention and various trainings, which allowed me to network and build relationships where we supported and helped one another; I was taken seriously as a leader and not dismissed by them, which was a refreshing change. Anytime I was exposed to those who were willing to share knowledge, I hung onto every word and soaked up the information like a sponge.
I realized very early on as a young LP that I had to build a team because there was way too much work for just one or two people to accomplish to adequately service our members and bargaining unit employees. For an entire decade, I devoted myself to teaching, empowering and developing other young local leaders by sending them to every training event possible, while I stayed back, took care of the local business, constantly studied 5 USC & 5 CFR, and read case law every evening into the early morning hours, in order to continue my own education as a leader and unionist.
My passion has always been about empowering, teaching, and developing other unionists so when asked to serve as the Y.O.U.N.G committee mentor, I eagerly accepted the invitation to do so. If we are supportive of one another as a union, if we are accountable to one another as a union, and if we are knowledgeable as a union then we can become stronger and truly WIN as a union.