50 Epic Alumni: #37 Darius Jones (SC), #36 Maliek Powell (AL)

It’s no secret that since the expansion of Youth Pride from a local and then regional movement, to the national and international one it is today, the south has been very prominent as it relates to producing epic members for us. Two such folks are Darius Jones and Maliek Powell. Maliek got on our radar…

50 Epic Alumni: #38 Scooby

Known professionally by his stage name, Extasy Baby, Scooby was a regular in our drop ins at Youth Pride Center (YPC). A dancer himself, he regularly attended our monthly LGBTQ youth parties, called “Curiosity”. Scooby traveled with us on almost every road trip, and even had the chance to drive the group van back to…

50 Epic Alumni: Dance Legacy

It’s no secret the LGBTQ community has produced some amazing dancers. From sponsoring dance teams to putting on amazing performances at fundraisers, wedding, funerals, special events and more, these alumni helped build our reputation as the home of some of the finest dancers around – including a few allies who performed for us. You can…

50 Epic Alumni: #46 Dawon Griffin

Dawon is the first person from CGY (the original name of NYPS at its founding in 2003) on our list. He holds another very BIG first as well. Dawon was the first youth president in our history. He was appointed by the founder and had a say in many of the things back then that…

50 Epic Alumni: #47 Brandon Long, Chicago, IL

There are just some people you expect to see at a event YPC was having back in the day. One of those people is Brandon Long.  Holding several positions during his tenure, speaking on behalf of Youth Pride whenever he was put on the spot to do so, and being the first and only person…

50 Epic Alumni: #48 Carlissa Jackson, Chicago, IL

Many people complain about having a lack of representation, but a handful actually do something about it. What do you do when you feel there is lack of female leadership somewhere? Avoid it or jump in? Carlissa made history by becoming the first democratically elected youth president of Youth Pride Center, earning the majority of…

50 Epic Alumni: #49 King Keith Franklin, Beverly Hills, CA

In 2019 National Youth Pride Services will hold its international elections to find out which member will be our next National President. We’re one of the only Black LGBTQ movements in the world to have an election of this scale, and it all started with one person: King Keith. Keith participated in and won a…

50 Epic Alumni: #50 Brandon Dykes, Atlanta, GA

The story of how Brandon and NYPS, then YPS, came to be goes back almost 2 years BEFORE he actually became a member. When Youth Pride Services (YPS) was based only in Chicago, it took road trips to cities in the Midwest and South every year. While in those cities for events, they would always…