Youth Leaders

America’s Promise Alliance promotes youth engagement as part of our GradNation campaign by encouraging and supporting our networks and partners to involve young people in community change and sharing local stories of youth-led action with a national audience to build broader support. America's Promise models youth involvement by having two youth leaders on both our Board of Directors and Alliance Trustees. Each youth is a full voting member of the leadership body and plays a valuable role in the strategic direction of the organization. Learn more about youth leadership opportunities with America’s Promise.

Alexis Creamer
Alexis Creamer, 21
  • Alexis CreamerAlliance Trustees (2017 - 2019)
  • Missouri State University

Alexis Creamer, 21, is a student at Missouri State University majoring in Marketing and Technical Writing. She is a co-founder of the non-profit organization FLY Girls, a youth development program dedicated to unveiling a place where young girls are confident in their identity and the power they hold through artistic expression. She is also a leader at the Wyman Teen Leadership Program, where she guides teens through a college and community emerging leadership program by promoting positive leadership skills and developing program activities. Creamer attributes much of her success to the program and mentors she had there and is passionate about the ways non-profits can change the lives of young people.

Malcom Davis
Malcom Davis, 17
  • Malcom DavisBoard of Director (2016 - 2018)
  • Hometown: Berea, KY
  • Berea Community High School
  • Alliance Connection: Building a GradNation Summit in Washington, DC

Malcolm is a 17-yr-old rising senior at Berea Community High School in Berea, KY. As a high school freshman, he served as a youth leader at the APA Building a GradNation Summit in Washington, DC. He is currently a trainer for Green Dot, which helps to combat personal violence in schools and communities, as well as a member of Youth Leadership Madison County and the College Board Youth Advisory Council. Malcolm looks forward to pursuing a degree in Africana studies and creative writing upon enrolling in an undergraduate program. He has a heart for justice and often uses poetry as a vehicle for articulating his experience in the world.

Kiara “Kiki” Gilbert
Kiara “Kiki” Gilbert, 18
  • Kiara "Kiki" GilbertAlliance Trustees (2017 - 2019)
  • Princeton University

Kiara “Kiki” Gilbert, 18, is an incoming freshman at Princeton University majoring in Philosophy and African-American Studies. She is a first-generation college student who experienced homelessness throughout high school. Gilbert has implemented numerous programs in her school. Through her work with the Communities in Schools staff, Gilbert has organized hunger drives, educational panels, and mentoring programs. She is a Ron Brown Scholar, and has served as a role model and leader for numerous youth in her community. She is the recipient of the KPMG Future Leaders Program Scholarship, and plans to continue her commitment to social justice and racial equality in her upcoming years at Princeton.

Sanah Jivani
Sanah Jivani, 18
  • Sanah Jivani HeadshotAlliance Trustees (2016 - 2018)
  • Hometown: Spring, Texas
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Alliance Connection: State Farm Youth Advisory Board

Sanah Jivani is an honors college student double majoring in sociology and communications at the University of Texas at San Antonio and is an active public speaker and writer.   She is the founder of a non-profit organization called The Love Your Natural Self Foundation, which focuses on empowering individuals all around the world. She started this organization after losing all of her hair to Alopecia in the seventh grade. She struggled with wigs, bullying, self-harm and self hate for years. Now, her non-profit organization hosts projects in 28 countries. She has reached over 10,000 students through speaking engagements and raised over $10,000 in fundraising. Sanah provides free resources and self-esteem curriculum for schools worldwide. In summer of 2016, Sanah was selected as one of five students for the FirstGEN fellowship in Washington, D.C., working for the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She is also one of thirty We Are Family Foundation's Global Teen Leaders, a TEDx Speaker, Natural High's 2015 Youth of the Year, a State Farm Youth Advisory Board member, and a Pearson Student Advisor. She hopes that this hard work and positive energy will someday change the world!

Julie Pham
Julie Pham, 20
  • Julie Pham HeadshotBoard of Director (2016 - 2018)
  • Hometown: Rochester, NY
  • Brown University
  • Alliance Connection: Fellow at Future Global Leaders Foundation Fellow

Julie is a Gates Millenium Scholar, a Questbridge Finalist, and a proud low-income first-generation college student majoring in Political Science and Urban Studies at Brown University. She is an advocate who helps low-income students expand their horizons and develop a love of learning, self-esteem, and confidence. Her drive for social justice in alleviating inequities in education has led her to work with Horizons National providing programs to reduce the loss of academic skills and knowledge during the summer months. Previously, she has worked for the Warner School of Education as a Teacher's Assistant in their Horizons Program. This past summer, she was an Urban Fellow at the Horizons Program at the Harley School. There, she developed curriculum on how to identify and provide support to children who have been exposed to trauma. She also taught classes on race, discrimination, social justice, and advocacy to inform students of color of their collective power. Back at Brown University, she is a Minority Recruitment Intern in the Office of Admissions. She supports and mentors low-income high school students from around the country navigating the college application process.

Elizabeth Zalanga
Elizabeth Zalanga, 21
  • Elizabeth ZalangaBoard of Director (2017 - 2019)
  • Saint Paul Community and Technical College

Elizabeth Zalanga, 21, attends Saint Paul Community and Technical College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she plans to graduate with a degree an Associate in Arts Degree with an emphasis in social science and public affairs. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Zalanga is working to empower and elevate the voices of young women and under-represented youth through her award-winning work on Minnesota Public Radio. She serves on the board of directors at Youthprise, is a representative on the Saint Paul/Ramsey County Board of Commissioners, and is a Youth Advisory Board Member for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.