Chris J. Suggs
Co-FOunder & Chairperson
Born and raised in Kinston, North Carolina, Christopher Suggs strives to make a lasting difference in his hometown. In addition to serving as Co-Founder and Chairperson of Black Youth Network, Chris serves as Founder & CEO of Kinston Teens, Inc. — a nonprofit with a mission empowering young people through service, leadership and civic engagement; as well as the youngest appointee to the NC Governor's Crime Commission. Chris has worked with and been featured by major platforms including Nickelodeon, The Huffington Post, ABC News 20/20, Teen Vogue Magazine, Facebook and First Lady Michelle Obama. Chris is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Craig Terrell Robey
Co-FOunder & Vice-Chairperson
A native of Valdosta, Georgia and current resident of Tallahassee, Florida, politics, social issues, art and service have excited Craig Terrell Robey for as long as he can remember. In addition to serving as Co-Founder & Vice-Chairperson of Black Youth Network, Terrell is the Owner & Operator of Robey's Photography & Design, a Florida and Georgia based art, photography, and graphic design company. Terrell is a currently a student at Florida State University, where he is a biological sciences major and plans to pursue a career in medicine. Terrell aspires to continue to developing his leadership abilities, while empowering future generations of community leaders.
Jaylan A. Scott
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Jaylan Scott, a native of Macon, GA, is a young dreamer who has begun putting his hands to the work. Currently a senior at Westside High School, he serves as a member and leader of several school clubs and societies, and is an active voice in the improvement of his school and community. In addition to serving as Co-Founder & Executive Director of Black Youth Network, Jaylan is a former member of the Macon-Bibb County Youth Commission, serves as a member of the executive committee for the Macon-Bibb Democratic Party, and as the Regional Director for the Middle Georgia Young Democrats. Jaylan is a student at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
A native of Ernul, NC Kylah Guion is a graduate of West Craven High School. Prior to graduating, Kylah served as President of the West Craven High School Student Government Association and as a leader in several other student organization. Kylah is the Founder of The People Can, a nonprofit volunteer organization focused on promoting youth-led change in her community. Kylah has served as a member of the Generation Progress #Fight4AFuture National Leadership Council, a group of young leaders with an aim of promoting youth voices in the fight for gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform. Kylah is a student at North Carolina A&T State University.
Victoria L. Pannell
Victoria Pannell is an 18-year-old activist, actress and nonprofit founder from Harlem, New York. She is a member of the SAG-AFTRA Union, where she serves as a member of the Young Performers Committee. Victoria is youngest person to be appointed to a leadership position by Rev. Al Sharpton in the National Action Network. Victoria is known nationally for her activism in the fight against child sex trafficking, and has coordinated campaigns and done a TEDx Talk on the issue. Since 2017, Victoria has served as a Youth Ambassador for the Women's March. Victoria has been honored with the Phenomenal Woman Award by the New York Branch of the NAACP, and is one of the youngest individuals to serve on a New York City Community Board. Victoria is a student at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina pursuing a major in Political Science.
Born and bred in Atlanta, GA, Jon Johnson is an 18-year-old leader, entrepreneur and social innovator. Realizing the positive success of peer-provided academic support, Jon founded IEducate, LLC in May 2014 as a student-run tutoring and educational consulting firm to empower his peers in achieving their educational success. Jon recently graduated from Westlake High School in Atlanta where he actively in a variety of school clubs and activities, and served as Student Government President for the student body of 2,100. Additionally, Jon was a representative of the Fulton County Schools’ Superintendent Advisory Council, and secretary of the Georgia Board of Education’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. Jon is a student at Stanford University.
Director of Programs
18-year-old Philadelphia native Tamir Harper is a leader and representative for youth and education advocacy. Tamir is the Founder & Executive Director of UrbEd, a nonprofit organization that advocates for a quality, equitable, and efficient urban education system, and is the National Student Officer for Educators Rising. Tamir has formerly served as the Policy Director for Student Voice, Chairman of the Philadelphia Youth Commission, Chairman of the High School Democrats of Pennsylvania, and National Political Director of the Young Democrats of America High School Caucus. Tamir is a student at American University in Washington, D.C.
Director of Membership
Daziah Turner, native of Cincinatti, Ohio, is a graduate of North College Hill High School as valedictorian, as well as a leader and participant in various honor, leadership and philanthropic clubs and activities at school. Because of her academic achievements and community involvement, Daziah has received several academic, service and musical honors and awards—including being a Ron Brown Guided Pathway Support Scholar. Daziah currently serves as Director of Membership for Black Youth Network, overseeing the recruitment of youth and youth-led organizations for our growing network. Daziah is a student at Pomona College in Claremont, California.
Director of Partnerships & Events
Joy McQueary is a high-achieving student leader hailing from Long Beach, California. Prior to graduating from high school, Joy served as President of the Diversity Club, a school organization that organizes programs and initiatives that celebrate inclusiveness and diversity. In her community, Joy is a participant in and former Board Member for Power 4 Youth, a nonprofit organization that provides one-on-one mentoring to youth in the Long Beach area. Joy serves as the Youth Coordinator for her local branch of the NAACP, where she uses her passion for activism to organize youth-led advocacy work. Additionally, Joy is passionate about dance and performing arts, and participates in local programming to utilize her talents in these areas. Joy is a student at Howard University in Washington, D.C.