Newsmaker

June 04, 2006|By NICOLE FULLER

Chantel Clea

Occupation

Chairwoman of the Baltimore Youth Commission and assistant to the director for events planning at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

In the news

As chairwoman of the Baltimore Youth Commission, Clea presided last week over the Youth Commission Comprehensive Summit on Juvenile Homicide in Baltimore, where professionals from the law enforcement, social services and medical fields offered suggestions on how to decrease the number of youth homicides in the city.

Career highlights

Clea, 23, is a sophomore at Morgan State University studying business administration with a minor in hospitality. She is a 2000 graduate of Northwestern High School, where she participated in student government, ran track, and played volleyball and softball.

Personal

Clea is the eldest of three children born to Abracena Harrison, an accountant, and Isaac Alfred Clea, a carpenter. She has a brother, Abraham Harrison, 20, and sister, Brittany Harrison, 19. The family lives in Park Heights.

Philosophy

"I just bring personal experience and personal passion. I wanted to affect change. I've lost a cousin to street violence. A lot of kids I graduated [from high school] with died to street violence. A lot of girls in my neighborhood didn't have mentors. So that's what I bring -- I want change."

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