Rockaway Youth Task Force
Chief Executive Officer
Key Topics: Youth engagement, Grassroots organizing, Community police relations, Black male issues.
Bio: Milan is skilled in the areas of community engagement, grassroots organizing, and youth advocacy.
Milan has always been active in community organizing, having been appointed to Queens Community Board 14, attending various community meetings, and ultimately becoming aware of the glaring lack of youth participation in his community. Looking around, Milan realized there were few places where young people in the Rockaways could grow and learn to be great leaders. Therefore the vision of RYTF came to fruition – an advocacy organization created and ran by the youth of the Rockaways to properly address youth issues in the community.
Having founded RYTF at just 21 years of age, Milan’s mettle as a community leader was tested only a year later, when Hurricane Sandy devastated the Rockaways in 2012. Along with his small team, Milan mobilized an extensive relief effort in his community, delivering supplies and hot meals to elderly citizens stranded in high-rise apartments throughout Rockaway, creating comprehensive delivery routes and amassing large supply caches. Black Entertainment Television (BET) has recognized Milan’s leadership during the 2013 BET Honors program, alongside Lisa Leslie, Bishop TD Jakes, and Halle Berry.
Milan’s innovative approach to business, youth, and technology has transcended the not-for-profit world, making him a sought-after expert and public speaker.
Selected Speaking Experience
- Interview: CBS Nightly News
- Panelist: Do Something Boot Camp
- Panelist: University of Colorado: Natural Hazards Center
- Keynote Speaker: Shoreline Project Capstone Summit New Orleans, Louisiana – Youth Engagement Speaker
- Panelist: French Conference 'Empowerment pour le renouveau de la Democratie'