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 Senior Urban Studies and Public Policy Major at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Traelon intends to use his bachelor’s degree to work in the Government field while obtaining his Juris Doctorate. Traelon is a native of Arlington, Texas. He is an alumnus of Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet at Townview.

He currently serves as a National Board Member for the NAACP and the Assistant Secretary of the Board. At the age of 21, Traelon is the youngest person to be elected as a national officer of the NAACP. He serves as the Vice-Chair of the Elections Supervisory, Membership and Units, and the Legal Committees. He is also a member of Dillard University’s Nationally Ranked Mock Trial team and a two-term Student Government Association President at Dillard University.

Traelon has served in many leadership roles throughout his life, he served as the Vice-Chairman for the City of Dallas Youth Commission, Chairman of the NAACP National Youth Work Committee, and President of the Dallas NAACP Youth Council. His proudest moment as the President of the Dallas Youth Council was when he led a district-wide walkout to bring awareness to gun violence in schools. In the position of Chairman of the NYWC, he created task forces that addressed social justice issues that had an impact on youth in the NAACP nationwide.

Traelon is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., a service fraternity. Traelon was initiated into the Beta Gamma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in 2019. He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and is a Kappa Fellow. He serves as the chairman of intake and recently received Undergraduate Brother with the Highest GPA.

During his lifetime, he has received the torchbearer award, the NAACP NYWC Chairmans Award, the City of Dallas Appreciation for Dedication and service to the community, the Texas NAACP State Conference Torch Bearers Award, and Rice University Best Attorney Award.

Tyrell Hicks

Region 7 Youth Representative