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Youth-driven organization shaping leaders and transforming communities for a brighter future in St. Louis.

Who we are

Since 2012, Young Voices with Action has closed many gaps where youth voices were not a priority or valued. YVWA has worked to make greater strides towards increasing the number of young community leaders in the St. Louis region. Since our work began, over five hundred concerned, competent, and committed youth have been impacted through collective work and organizing.

Our ongoing goal is to keep our overhead low while increasing our service in the field. Young Voices with Action is stronger than ever due to our continually expanding community who come together to donate time, resources, and talent in support of our important mission. Overall, we have worked with over 12 civic organizations, 6 churches, 3 school districts; our volunteers have logged over 12,200 hours; our Board of Directors has helped dramatically in increasing our donor base; and our Advisory Board has assisted us in expanding our hunger relief and youth empowerment programs.

Thank you wholeheartedly for being a part of the Young Voices with Action movement. We are looking forward to much more!

 Advisory Council

Get to know the dedicated individuals steering our organization toward a future of youth-driven impact.

Lawrence Woods

Lauryn Woods

Damien Woods

Elijah Whitney

Aliseah Merridith

Kenneth McClamb Jr.

Board of Directors

Get to know the dedicated individuals steering our organization toward a future of youth-driven impact.

Farrakhan Shegog

Farrakhan Shegog has served as President/CEO of Young Voices with Action since 2012. In addition, he serves as Director of the Federation of Block Units with Urban league of Metropolitan St. Louis. Farrakhan graduated from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa. Farrakhan spearheads the Annual Black Wall Street 314 Festival that has raised over $5 million dollars for the Wellston Loop community. In addition, $100K for home repair program, and the Young Ambassador Program that focuses on leadership development skills and career readiness, 3 home renovations in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood and breaking ground of a $9 million dollar facility that will house YVWA’s new office, residential living and retail space in the Wellston Loop. Farrakhan belongs to Calvary Bible Church of Florissant.

Dr. Kim Paige

Dr. Paige has been a Young Voices with Action board member since 2021. Dr. Kim Paige works for a governmental agency  that provided clinical and health resources to the St. Louis regions. Kim is owner of Extremely Clean Janitorial Service LLC. Kim graduated from Lindenwood University with a Master’s in Criminal Justice Administration and Healthcare Administration. Kim also has a Doctorate in Public Administration with a focus in Law and Public Policy from Walden University and has taken Leadership Master classes with John Maxwell. Kim has two daughters, Shene’t and Crystal and one granddaughter, Cassydi. Kim enjoys spending free time traveling, reading, going on family field trips, and exercising. Kim has a goal of going to Dubai and spending time learning about what happens in another part of the country.

Alfred Wilson Jr

Alfred Wilson Jr joined the Young Voices with Action board of directors in 2023. Alfred is a high professional mortgage loan officer at a national banking institution. He believes Homeownership is a cornerstone of wealth building, and Black families disproportionately rent their homes. Black individuals are also underrepresented in the mortgage industry. These factors contribute to the comparatively low homeownership rate among Black families.

Aniya Betts

Aniya has been a Young Voices with Action board member since 2019. She serves as block chair of block unit 1746 in the Greater Ville Neighborhood. Aniya’s passion is youth organizing and training emerging leaders with Young Voices With Action. We have a Global Presence as an organizer for The International Black Freedom Alliance where she supports the political prisoners campaign and works towards economic freedom. I am a young innovator and entrepreneur. I founded a Tech Company called Nyrobeonka LLC. We make developing ideas affordable and I am working towards revolutionizing the way we organize and use technology in our efforts. 

Marco Tipton

Marco Tipton joined the Young Voices with Action board of directors in 2023. Marco Tipton is a results-oriented corporate leader who drives community and stakeholder engagement initiatives and supports strategic public policy. From legislative research to corporate giving, Marco has a demonstrated track record of building trust with stakeholders and influencing lobbying outcomes. Marco currently serves as the Manager of Community Development & Local Government Affairs for Ameren Missouri. In this position, he successfully builds and maintains relationships with elected officials and key stakeholders within the St. Louis Metro area. As a St. Louis native, he is deeply committed to improving the lives of the communities he serves through Economic Development and Electrification.

Latoya Wilson

LaToya Wilson joined the Young Voices with Action board of directors in 2023. Latoya Wilson is a self proclaimed Chief Executive Social Servant. She is a native of St. Louis City with a heart to serve others. Latoya is a Phi Alpha Honor Society of Social Work member and University of Missouri- St. Louis Bachelor of Social Work  graduate. She is passionate about socioeconomic development of traditionally marginalized communities. Latoya is committed to engaging the communities she serves and being a bridge for change. She is an advocate for social policy reform, who thrives at communicating impact to individuals and communities. Her ability to communicate , innovate, organize, impact, and facilitate enables her to be a driving force for change.

Robert Loyd

Robert Loyd joined the Young Voices with Action board of directors in 2018. Robert is the senior pastor of Calvary Bible Church of Florissant. He has enjoyed 30 years of practice as an Occupational Therapist Assistant. He has been married to Nikki Loyd for 24 years. Together, they have 3 children, Nikkirra, Robert Jr, and Nadia.

Robert Cleveland

Robert Cleveland  joined the Young Voices with Action board of directors in 2023. Robert is a Certified Executive Chef who currently is a custodian for St. Louis City Board of Education. Chef Cleveland has more than 15 plus years in the culinary and hospitality industry. A proud member of Augusta Escoiffer Culinary Arts School Chef Cleveland was inspired to start his own catering company. As a result Chef Cleveland has an opportunity to open and design restaurants, banquet Halls, and mentor upcoming chefs in the industry. Before starting his own catering company Chef Cleveland was enlisted in the military for several years before retiring which led him into taking his skills and teaching family and friends gourmet cooking.

Jerryl Christmas

Jerry Christmas joined the Young Voices with Action board of directors in 2023. He is a graduate of Central Missouri State university and Texas Southern University School of Law. Jerryl is a former Circuit Attorney and now  in private practice with an emphasis on Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Criminal defense.

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