The 2018 Young Black & Influential (YBI) Awards will soon honor nine award recipients for the newest class. This 2nd annual event acknowledges the dedicated work of Black leaders representing the community. The awards, sponsored by Mutual of Omaha, will be hosted at The Venue at Highlander, Sunday, June 24 from 1 – 4 p.m.

The 2018 YBI Awards are open to the public and tickets are available for purchase leading up to the event via Eventbrite.  Racquel Henderson, a 2017 YBI class recipient and community activist, will be presenting the keynote. All proceeds will benefit the program’s leadership and development initiatives for awardees.

“Representation matters and defining success and leadership by your own standards for your own identities is even more important,” says Ashlei Spivey, 2018 YP ChangeMaker Award Recipient. “This is what the awardees aims to do. Affirm Black people for their work in the Black community and how they chose to create impact.”

The YBI Award Categories are: service, activism and innovator – honoring those in differing age ranges from 17 and up.

The 2018 YBI award recipients are as follows:

Youth (12-19)

Amariyon Green – Service

Richard Webb – Service

Dahlia Lloyd- Activism


Danielle Powell – Service


Katrina Adams – Service

Tommy Young-Dennis – Service

Ravan Charles – Innovator

Michael Hughes- Service


Chetekia Morris – Service