A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Ericka Cain is a Civil Rights Leader, youth advocate, and Social Justice Activist. Ericka has a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science with a concentration in Criminal Justice, Rehabilitation, Sociology and Community Service from the University of North Texas and a Volunteer Management Certification in Community Service (UNT). She is a proud mother of her son Jaxson and currently works a Training Specialist for the Department of Family and Protective Services.
For over a decade, Ericka has served as State Youth Advisor for the NAACP's Texas Youth & College Division and a member of the State Conference Executive Committee. Ericka was elected as the Vice Chair for the National Youth Work Committee in 2016 and currently serves as the Secretary for the National Youth Work Committee. She has served in several leadership capacities within the association including former University of North Texas NAACP President, Assistant Secretary for the Texas State Conference, Youth & College President, and Financial Freedom Campaign Chair, amongst a host of other noteworthy positions. During her tenure as Advisor she has led the Youth through numerous issue-based and electoral campaigns on the local, state, and national level. She has worked tirelessly to ensure the members of the Youth & College experience mobilizations including the March on Washington 50th Anniversary and 10.2.10 March for Jobs, Quality Education, Economic Development, and Affordable Housing. Ms. Cain established a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club to supply mentors for the State's Mentoring Program. During the early 2000s, she implemented Town Hall Meetings on Texas college campuses to address the N-Word and its connotation in the novel Huckleberry Finn. Ericka effectively engaged members of the Texas NAACP Advisory Committee by ensuring sponsorship of annual Great Debates and African American Knowledge Bowls. Companies including Wal-Mart and Dell supplied IPads, IPods, Laptops, and Gift Cards for teams winning and participating in the competitions.
Ericka has proved that she is committed to developing a New Generation of Civil Rights and Community Leaders. She is the 7 time winner of the NAACP State Youth & College Division Advisor of the Year.
Ericka continues to live by these words… "There's nothing permanent in life except Change!