National Youth Advisory Council
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Meet the 2011 National Advisory Council
Amber Murray is a junior at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, CA. She is a member of the Women’s A Ensemble and the poetry club. She is a participant in the youth group G.E.M.S.T.O.N.E.S. at West Angeles Church of God In Christ and the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics. Amber has volunteered for the Tavis Smiley Foundation since 2006 and has attended every Leadership Institute since 2006. She appeared in the Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Walk Like a Leader: LEADership Walk to Promote Healthy Teens video.
Anthony Perry is a sophomore at St. Francis High School in Louisville, KY. Throughout his two years at St. Francis he has joined several clubs and athletic teams. He is on the quick recall, debate, basketball and track teams as well as a member of the student athletic committee. He was elected to be a member of student council by his peers. This year he was selected to be part of the American Exchange to Serbia and serve as an ambassador to the U.S during his two-week exchange.
Camille Fonseca is an ambitious 11th grade honors student at the Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, CA. Her extra-curricular activities include serving as the co-president of the Gay-Straight Alliance on campus, and acting in the Drama Conservatory. She is a National Latin Exam gold medal winner and a published author. She also plays in the Holman United Methodist Church bell choir. Camille aspires to attend college and become a psychiatrist.
E.J. Fortenberry is a sophomore at Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, CA. He participates in speech and debate and on the cross country and track teams. He is a member of the club Planet Hope and enjoys studying law and sports medicine.
George Kilpatrick III has performed at Syracuse Stage, trained with Broadway artists, and vocal jazz great Ronnie Leigh. Thismember of the Jamesville-DeWitt High School Class of 2011, will major in jazz studies at Howard University this fall. He served aspresident of the Syracuse Teen Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and remains active in many civic and performance groups. He is from Dewitt, NY.
Kaya Savannah is a senior at Houston Academy for International Studies Early College High School, in Houston, TX. She was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. Kaya is an active member in YEA (Youth Engaged in Assets) a city-wide project where young people come together to expand on how to teach the 40 developmental assets to their peers. Kaya enjoys working with children and wants to pursue a career in early childhood development and nutrition.
Lamar Levell Howard II is the second eldest of four sons to Lamar and LaCreashia Howard. Lamar always has exhibited leadership skills and aspires to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. He is a sophomore at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, CA. Lamar keeps God first and is involved in several community service projects. His motto comes from the wisdom of Mohandas Gandhi: “Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God's hands.”
Maxine Dior Chapman is a senior at South Highs High School in Covina, CA. She will attend Howard University this fall to study broadcast journalism at the distinguished John H. Johnson School of Communications. Maxine is the founder the Black Student Union at South Hills where she also runs track. Her enthusiastic, vibrant personality continues to make an impact on all those who come across her bright smile. Maxine has such a promising future. Is the world ready for Maxine Dior Chapman? Only time will tell.
McKenzie Conner is a junior at Towson High School in Towson, MD. She currently participates in the Student Government Association, Steering Committee, Mock Trial, along with many other clubs and organizations. She is an alumna of the Tavis Smiley Foundation Leadership Institute. She has an interest in international affairs, politics, and peace studies.
Ronald Taylor is an honors graduating senior at Holy Trinity High School, located in Hicksville, New York. He will be attending Syracuse University in the fall as a Coronat Scholar, studying biology and political science with a concentration in health policy. Ronald currently serves as the president and founder of the Cultural Project for Rejuvenation, a youth outreach and action initiative in Hempstead, NY. He is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, National Honor Society, and is the governor of New York Boys’ State.
Sadiyah Sabree is a rising senior at the Agnes Irwin School, where she is president of the Black Student Union and enrolled in all honors or AP courses. Sadiyah is passionate about serving her community, and is the volunteer project coordinator for Youth Action, a youth-led community service organization based in Philadelphia. She is a board member of Youthadelphia; a student led grant-making organization. Serious her about education, she was one of the only high school freshmen enrolled in summer credit courses at the University of Pennsylvania. Sadiyah enjoys mixed martial arts, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Samaiya Hoyle is currently a student at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, CA. She is actively involved in clubs such as The Princess Club, Save a Life Club, Sophomore Senate, and Best Buddies. She is also a member of the dance and speech/debate teams. Samaiya is an avid writer and has contributed to the Center for International Commerce newsletter. Samaiya has attended the Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Leadership Institute for three years .She values giving back to the community and empowering others to seek their highest potential.