Felice McClendon, currently serves in her full time vocation as Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program National Network Partner Development Director, This evidence based nationally recognized program has allowed her to cultivate relationships in over 36 states as this best practice model for national replication has a proven history of delivering services to at risk youth.
Mrs. McClendon began her journey securing her undergraduate Journalism Degree from the highly sought after University of Missouri in Columbia and later attended the University of Missouri in St. Louis for her graduate studies with a Public Policy focus in Non Profit Leadership and Management. With additional continuing education experiences, Mrs. McClendon has also been trained and certified as a youth development trainer, completed Evidence Based Program training at Washington University’s Brown School, a Washington University Institute of Public Health Community Research Fellow along with Wyman’s Safeguarding our Youth training.
Prior to her impactful work with the Wyman Center’s Teen Outreach Program, Mrs. McClendon helped to organize the conception for a 501c3 where she served for 3 years as the Executive Director. Currently she continues to volunteers her time participating on the board for SPG Youth Charitable Organization. In addition to serving on the Family Well Being Deep End Committee with St. Louis 22nd Family and Juvenile Court Division, she also serves as an advisor for Man of Valor (a Campaign for Black Male Achievement selected agency per the National My Brother’s Keeper Initiative).
In addition to her work within the non-profit sector, she also brings over 14 years of career success from the music industry as a corporate executive. With an emphasis in media promotion and marketing, this talented writer, composer and producer, has gleaned accomplishments both inside and out of the studio experience. From music…to the business of music…not many are as well versed in both areas of industry as this former Clear Channel Radio employee. Today, Mrs. McClendon continues her passion for external media as a Community Producer with KETC, PBS Nine Network, where she is able to interview, shoot, produce and share relevant community issues.
Recognized by St. Louis 4 Kids, Reaching Our Youth Institute, she has retained the funding support and partnership from community based organizations such as the St. Louis Boys and Girls Club and the Urban League. With other well-known supporters such as Judge Jimmie Edwards from the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, Dr. Art McCoy, former superintendent of Ferguson-Florissant School District and Rick Majzun, Vice President of Strategic Operations for Children’s Hospital…Mrs. McClendon has achieved accolades both personally and professionally for her passion and commitment to serving at risk youth. No stranger to the hard work involved in generating collective impact, Mrs. McClendon has participated with area collaborations like STRYVE, a St. Louis City based initiative “striving to reduce youth violence everywhere” where she served as Evaluation Chair of the committee.
Whether recognized for her work with positioning a local radio station to receive Pepsi’s prestigious Radio Station of the Year award—to receiving write ups in St. Louis Post Dispatch for her music production, McClendon has music, media and more experiences than a few that support her work in the field of youth development. Other affiliations and awards include being selected for her community contributions by the St. Louis CHUMS charity, as well as her work as an international missionary along with nominations for Who’s Who of Black St. Louis.