Jonathan Lykes

Jonathan Lykes

Senior Policy Analyst & National Youth Organizer


I work to address disproportionality and disparities that affect LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth of color impacted by the oppressive actions of deep-end systems, including child welfare, mental health, homelessness, and criminal justice.

I do this work because

I am inspired by the LGBTQ youth of color who are at the front lines of marginalization and building systems of liberation to navigate intuitional racism and systemic barriers.

I am most proud of

Being a co-founder of the Keeping Ballroom Community Alive Network and a founding member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100).

Education and Awards

  • M.A., School for Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
  • B.S. in Political Science, University of Chicago

When the day is done

I work as a community organizer, currently serving as board co-chair for BYP100, a movement of young adults using a Black queer feminist lens to advocate for community and systemic change. I am also the artistic director for BYP100’s freedom song and chant album, The Black Joy Experience, helping teach holistic energy through the Black radical tradition.