Christin “Cici” Battle is Young People For’s first alum to serve as Director. Hailing from Miami, Florida, by way of Denver, Colorado, Cici is a vivacious youth engagement expert who brings rich experiences leading youth-centered movements both in domestic and international spaces to the work of leading the YP4 Program.
She most recently served as a Professor for Leadership Development at then National Learning Service (SENA) in Cali, Colombia. There, she crafted and implemented the college’s first leadership development curriculum and helped her students amplify their voices. Prior to that, she served as Florida’s Statewide Youth Engagement Coordinator for the Department of Juvenile Justice in the Office of Prevention and Victim Services, where she facilitated community building spaces for young people and restructured and managed the Florida Youth Commission; a statewide youth board which advises the Governor’s Children’s and Youth Cabinet. Prior to joining DJJ, she served as a Gubernatorial Fellow in the Department of Education, in the Division of Florida Colleges, and in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Cici earned her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration with a focus on Educational Policy and her Bachelor’s in Psychology with an emphasis on Leadership Development from Florida International University. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.