National Youth Works Committee, Youth Representatives

Francis Bermudez

francisbermudezRegion 1 Youth Representative

I am Francis Bermudez, a twenty-two year old Phoenix native, originally from Los Angeles California. I will be graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Viterbo University in May of this year. My goal is to continue my education at Clark Atlanta University in pursuit of my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I became involved with the NAACP through Phoenix College’s BSU chapter in my first semester of college. I have served as Chair and Secretary of Region 1 in the past and currently serve as Secretary of Region 1 and represent Region 1 on the National Youth Work Committee. In my term on this committee, my major goals are to increase awareness of the organization and increase membership. Although the NAACP is the oldest civil rights movement, it has been my experience that there is still a great number of young people who don’t know what the organization is and what we do. I believe that by increasing awareness, membership will also increase. There are a lot of people who truly want to be a part of the fight for equality but don’t feel that there is a platform where their voice will be acknowledged and heard. I hope to find a way to truly express to those people that the NAACP is that platform.

Xavier Hutchinson

Region 2 Youth Representative

Jatauna Irons

Region 3 Youth Representative

Region 4 Youth Representative

Brendien Mitchell

brendienmitchellRegion 5 Youth Representative

A proud honors graduate of Howard University’s Department of Political Science, Brendien Mitchell concentrated in Political Behavior and double minored in Economics and Strategic, Legal, and Management Communications. In 2017, he enrolled in the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, Washington’s only school of applied politics.
While at Howard, Brendien embraced the core values of leadership and service, which led to his election as President of the Howard University Student Association – representing the 10,500+ student population. During this time, Brendien worked closely with the University President and his cabinet to help meet student needs while expanding support for Howard and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Brendien has addressed audiences from legislators in the Florida House of Representatives to organizers at the United States Supreme Court. His commitment to the civil rights and social justice began at age 10 when he joined the NAACP, where he now serves as Chair of its National Youth Work Committee.

Brendien has worked in the office of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi minority staff, and for corporations, non-profits, and think tanks providing support in government affairs, communications, and advocacy. In 2016, Brendien served as a Statewide Civic Engagement Coordinator for ‘get out the vote’ efforts in Florida, where he trained and developed strategies for the Florida chapters of the NAACP.  Currently, Brendien serves as the Communications Fellow for the Congressional Progressive Caucus – leading and supporting outreach, digital engagement, and messaging efforts for the largest Democratic Caucus in Congress.

Traelon Rodgers

traeleon-rogersRegion 6 Youth Representative 

Traelon T. Rodgers is a 12th grader at the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet at Townview. A native of Arlington, Texas he strives to be the best he can in everything he does. He serves in many capacities, such as a Townview Ambassador and Asst. Secretary on the Executive Student Board he’s also a member Mu Alpha Theta math honors society. He is a drum major in the Townview Big “D” Band. Traelon plays the saxophone and the trombone, he has been playing the saxophone for seven years and the trombone for three years. He serves in many capacities in the band. He is also on the Mock Trial team for the JBS Law Magnet. During his tenure on the mock trial team he was recognized as one of the top attorneys in the city of Dallas by the Dallas Bar Association. At the state level, he was recognized as one of the top 10 witnesses in the state of Texas. Traelon is also a member of the YMCAs Youth and Government team where he competed as a delegate and qualified to the state level. Traelon is also a member of the academic U.I.L. team where he got 3rd place in extemporaneous speaking and qualified to regionals. Traelon is active not only in school but in his community, he is an active member at his church. His most recent accomplishment is becoming the President of the Juanita Craft NAACP Youth Council. He is also a member of the National Youth Work Committee from Region 6.

Tyrell Hicks

Region 7 Youth Representative