NYPS Announces It’s 2015 Member Of The Year

National Youth Pride Services is a urban, creative, intellectual, socially forward movement for Black LGBTQ young adults in the United States.

Our mission is to empower our membership through leadership development, networking and collaborative events in order to better improve their quality of life.


This process traditionally becomes evident through the selection of our Member of the Year Award. This year, a record 21 members from 12 states were eligible. Members must have been active for a full 12 calendar month period to be considered.

We are pleased to announce the 2015 Member of the Year, Gavin Sumter who hails from Columbia, SC.

In addition to finding the time to travel across the U.S. with us – more than the average NYPS member – Gavin also successfully launched his own fashion line: GAVYKO, proving that you are never too busy to do anything you are truly passionate about.


Gavin also collaborated with others to introduce a clothing line for NYPS’s #RiseUp campaign that will debut in 2016.

Without question, Gavin in 2015 embodied every part of the NYPS motto:

Who I am is not a lifestyle choice, I was born this way and will rejoice.

I was made in the image of perfection, those who stand in judgement should check their own reflection.

I will protect myself because I am worth it.

I will reach my goals and will not quit.

Gavin will receive a technical assistance grant for his company due to his selection.

Congratulations, Gavin!

National Youth Pride Services,

Chicago, IL 60601

Phone. 773-YPS-8051