Young Leaders Council

Unveiling excellence


We are delighted to announce the arrival of our outstanding 2024 BWOPA Youth State Leadership Cohort (YSLC), a group of talented high school and college-aged youth who are set to embark on an inspiring journey of collaboration, growth, and impact. The YSLC is intended to develop young leaders engaged in student government and/or demonstrating a strong desire to design their path into a leadership role.

The leadership team hosted an introductory session with our participants last Wednesday, January 24th. This year's cohort includes 16 dynamic young leaders: 

  • Sydney Raines (Oakland Technical High School | Oakland, CA)
  • Precious Nwadike (San Leandro High School | San Leandro, CA)
  • Azera Roane (Vanguard High School | Forney, Texas)
  • Terrie Kennon (California State University - Dominguez Hills | Carson)
  • Skarlette Smillie (San Jose State University | Santa Clara, CA)
  • Phylis Essandoh (Hayward High School | Castro Valley, CA)
  • Kaile Reyes (The Athenian School | Livermore, CA)
  • Stephany Cartney (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Leila Haile (Head-Royce School | Kensington)
  • Shyann Sparks (University of the Pacific | Patterson)
  • Esperanza Oden (AIMS College Prep High School, Oakland)
  • Jada Fells (Jesse Bethel High School, Vallejo)
  • Cherquan Abdulrahim (Delta College, Stockton)
  • Niyah Spruill (Xavier University, Louisiana)
  • Ma’Khia Brown (Sacramento City College, Sacramento)
  • Amaya Waymon (Tuskegee University, Alabama)

Stay tuned for exciting updates as the cohort dives into immersive experiences, workshops, and projects throughout the fellowship!