National Council of Young Leaders


The National Council of Young Leaders is Opportunity Youth United’s steering committee. Since 2012, we have developed and updated our Recommendations to Increase Opportunity and Decrease Poverty in America, made decisive decisions regarding our strategic direction, and represented Opportunity Youth in public gatherings all over the country. We each represent a Sponsoring Organization, from which we graduated and which nominated us to the Council. Current members are listed below, with bios and videos from each.

Click on a Council member to hear their story and learn more about their work.

Adam Strong
YouthBuild USA
Jackson, Kentucky

Francisco Garcia
Public Allies
Phoenix, Arizona

Humberto Palacios
National Youth Guard Foundation
Santa Ana, California

James Fields
Mikva Challenge
Chicago, IL

Jamiel L. Alexander
YouthBuild USA
York, Pennsylvania

Jarrett Jones
City Year
Chicago, IL

Julie Jent
Partners for Education Berea College
Jackson County, Kentucky

Kimberly Pham
Aspen Forum for Community Solutions
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kyle Knox
Aspen Forum for Community Solutions
Phoenix, AZ

Lashon Amado
Boston, Massachusetts

Philan Tree
The Corps Network
Flagstaff, AZ

Ramean Clowney
Jobs for the Future
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ryan Dalton
New Orleans, Louisiana

Shanice Turner
Atlanta, Georgia

Shawnice Jackson
Public Allies
Baltimore, Maryland

Timothy Gunn
The Corps Network
Charleston, South California

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