Youth Council


JJN_7927The Opportunity Inc. Youth Council, a group concerned with helping young people,  develops the portion of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) geared towards preparing youth for graduation and employment.The Council develops programs in partnership with organizations that provide support for in and out-of-school youth between the ages of 14 and 21 in the areas of career exploration, education, leadership development, workplace readiness skills and occupational skills training.


Youth Council Members

Mr. Jeffrey W. Ainslie

President of Finance & Operations

The Ainslie Group

Dr. Elsie Barnes

Professor of Political Science

Norfolk State University

Vonya Alleyne

Vice President, Human Resources

Cox Communications Virginia

Ms. Sean Beslow

Admissions Counselor

Virginia Job Corps

Ms. Barbara Brinson

Youth Coordinator

City of Virginia Beach Youth Opportunities Office

Ms. Kecia N. Brothers

Regional Reentry Specialist- Eastern Region

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice

Mr. Thomas Calhoun


Norfolk Federation of Teachers

Ms. Tammy Carlson

Human Resource Director

Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast

Ms. Alice L. Jones

Director Student & Alumni Programs

Old Dominion University

Ms. Martha Razor

Early Childhood Specialist


Shawn Sawyer

Executive Director

Tidewater Youth Services Commission

Barbara J. Shears-Walker

Adult Education Coordinator

Portsmouth Public Schools – Adult Education Center

Guenter Weissenseel


IMS Gear Virginia Inc.

Dr. Aaron Spence


Virginia Beach Public Schools

Mr. Steven Wright


Chesapeake Economic Development

Mr. Kevin Will

Executive Director

Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Virginia

Ms. Yvette V. Young

Vice President

Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc.