BYP’s very own Jonathan Lykes has been featured as one of’s Young Futurists of 2013!

The Root’s Young Futurists list shines a spotlight on “the year’s best and brightest black innovators” between the ages of 16 and 22.

Jonathan certainly belongs on such a list; he’s a fiercely intelligent and ambitious young man, committed to creating change in his community and beyond.

From The Root:

“Jonathan is a world traveler on a mission. From South Africa to India, he has spread his commitment to civil rights and humanitarian relief.


“Everything I do is related to what I experienced growing up,” Jonathan said. “I went to a high school where only 50 percent [of students] graduated. What society do we live in where this kind of story can exist?”

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Congratulations Jonathan!

Keep up the phenomenal work!