National Youth Works Committee, NAACP Board Members

Morandon A Henry

morandonhenryRegion 1 Board Member

Morandon A Henry is a up and coming political leader of today. He serves as a voice of strength for a generation of young people in his community and beyond. with a unique ability to both influence and inspire change and has been highly instrumental in representing and articulating the views of young people.Henry is aspiring to be one of today’s most gifted leaders in both politics and social activism

In 2010, Henry recognized that his community needed innovative leadership to concentrate on the needs of African Americans. After being inspired by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and his grandparents, Henry attended the Oakland NAACP Youth Council leadership training which was the very first time he was introduced to the NAACP shown in a youth perspective. During this training, a flame within a young activist was lit. Since then, Morandon’s  interest in pertinent issues and passion to serve the association never ceased.

In the NAACP, he has fulfilled several roles at the local, state, and national levels. He is currently a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors, and 2nd Vice President of the California Hawaii NAACP Youth & College Divison.

Mr. Henry has an extensive and proven working knowledge of Public Policy and Civic Engagement. Most recently, he served as a field organizer for Hillary For America during the California primary, where he hosted a number of campaign surrogates and engaging with all communities around the San Francisco Bay Area. During the general election, he served on For45 which was the Young Professionals For Hillary Clinton National Finance Committee. Morandon is currently the Bay Area political director for the California Young Democrats Black Caucus.

Morandon is a Senior at Oral Roberts University, majoring in Government. He is a native of Berkeley, California

Ra’Vynn Waters

ravynnwatersRegion 2 Board Member

Ra’Vynn Waters is the first vice president of the NAACP New York State (NYS) Conference Youth and College Division. Ra’Vynn is also the representative for Region 2 on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors. Ra’Vynn began her journey within the NAACP as a member of the Spring Valley Youth Council. She started as her course of leadership as the assistant secretary of the youth council and then moved on to the position of treasurer and onto become the President of the Youth Council for two consecutive terms. During this time, Ra’Vynn made her cross into leadership on the NYS Conference Youth and College Division Executive Committee. In 2014, she appointed as the fundraising chair for the NYS NAACP Youth & College Division. In the following year, Ra’Vynn was elected to the office position of first vice president. In which, she is now serving  her second term as first vice president. In Fall of 2017, Ra’Vynn began her studies for her Bachelor’s Degree at Binghamton University. Upon arriving to campus, Ra’Vynn joined the university’s NAACP chapter and was elected as their second vice president.

In her time of being a member of the NAACP, Ra’Vynn has received a few notable awards and honors including Spring Valley Branch President’s Award, Miss New York State NAACP Youth & College, and a 2017 recipient of the Dr.Hazel N.Dukes Distinguished Leadership Award.

DeJoiry McKenzie-Simmons

dejoirymckenzie-simmonsRegion 3 Board Member

DeJoiry McKenzie-Simmons, a student leader, emerging politician, and civil rights advocate. A native of St. Peter, Barbados, West Indies but spent his formative years in Saginaw, Michigan.
DeJoiry is a junior at Howard University in Washington, DC, majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Affairs. He is active on campus, previously serving as the Vice- Chairman of the Howard University Student Association Senate. He is currently an Organizing Intern at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a grassroots membership organization that promotes fair and equal access to credit, capital and banking services for all communities and populations, nationwide.

DeJoiry has always had a passion for civil rights. He was introduced to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, through the Saginaw NAACP Youth Council. Within the association, DeJoiry has served in numerous leadership positions. Most recently, he was the President of the Saginaw NAACP Youth Council, Secretary of the Michigan State Conference NAACP Youth & College Division and Chairman of the NAACP National Youth Work Committee. He currently serves as a youth member of the National Board of Directors representing Region III.

Additionally, DeJoiry has been committed to civic engagement and political awareness. In 2014, he spearheaded an initiative that formulated a connection between inner-city students and elected officials within Saginaw County, Michigan. This annual event sparked an increase in youth registered voters and young political involvement.

In 2015, he received a State of Michigan Proclamation for Youth in Leadership & Service. He is also a Great Lakes Bay Region Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar, a scholarship given to youth who actively embraces the spirit of Dr. King’s dream of improving racial harmony and social justice.

Helen Meyers

helenmeyersRegion 4 Board Member 

Helen hails from the great state of Kansas, the home of Brown vs. Board of Education. She is a native of Overland Park. At age 7, Helen’s grandparents, Leneer and Rebecca Barber gifted her a lifetime membership to the Johnson County NAACP. To date, she has attended 11 NAACP National conventions. Her family’s goal was to prepare her for life as a black woman living in America. She became very passionate about civil rights at a young age.

Currently, Helen is a Sophomore at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the most diverse University in the country. Her major is Hospitality Management with a concentration in Meetings and Events and minors in Marketing. Helen is a member of many organizations at UNLV, including; UNLV NAACP, Black Student Organization, UNLV Young Democrats, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and National Society of Leadership and Success. After Helen receives her Bachelor’s degree from UNLV, she plans on continuing her education to graduate school to obtain a Masters in Business. Currently Helen mentors elementary school kids in the inner city of Las Vegas to encourage the youth to beat the poor minority dropout statistics.

Helen’s passion for community engagement in the Kansas City metro area started at an early age. At 15 years old, one of the proudest moments of her life was when she represented black youth in Johnson County for the NAACP as a panel member for a Community Police Forum. In January, Helen was asked to be the keynote speaker for the 50th anniversary of the Johnson County Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration. The theme of her speech was how the youth need to continue to carry on the dream of Martin Luther King and the vision of the NAACP.

Dominique Penny

Region 5 Board Member

Tevin I. Ellis

tevinellisRegion 6 Board Member

Tevin I. Ellis is a native of San Antonio, TX representing Region VI for the NAACP’s National Board of Directors. Tevin is the Chief Operating Officer of The Forerunners which is a cohort of young professionals seeking the betterment of the greater community through civic engagement, educational outreach, and by providing the necessary tools for primary and secondary school students seeking to deploy their craft for the betterment of the communities in which they reside. Mr. Ellis studied Criminal Justice Legal Assistance and minored in Business management while at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. There, he served as the president of Residence Hall Council, and led as a committee chair for several NAACP committees on campus.

Tevin loves traveling the country advocating for civil rights and has been an active member of the NAACP for over a decade and has held leadership positions spanning from his Presidency at the local youth council in San Antonio, TX to Vice President and Secretary of the Texas Youth and College State conference and most recently as a member of the National Youth Works Committee. A student, a civil rights advocate, and a warrior for the culture, one of Mr. Ellis’ life mottos is an African proverb that read’s “When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion.” because of his belief that it takes a conglomerate effort to combat the injustices that oppress people of color.

Jacquelyn Grant

jacquelyngrantRegion 7 Board Member

I am Jacquelyn Grant, an alumna of Howard University with a B.A. in Strategic, Legal, and Management Communications. I joined the NAACP my sophomore year in college and served as the president for the Howard University NAACP for two consecutive terms after that. During my term on the board, it is my goal increase the visibility of youth and college division in the communities that need us most, ensure inclusivity of diverse youth voices, and prepare youth to be the largest presence in the 2020 elections.