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Alumni Spotlight: Tyrik Wynn

Our alumni spotlight for June 2020 is Tyrik Amon Wynn, a graduate of Community Christian School (2018) and currently a rising junior at Georgia State University. Even at a very young age, Tyrik is an author, an entrepreneur, and a TV Talk Show Host. He says that participating in 21CL programs is one of the biggest highlights of his life!

Paint a brief picture of what you are doing now.

Right now, I have a whole lot going on. I am an author I released my 1st book at age 14 called “Green Is The Thing! Money Management For Kids.” I just released my 2nd book called “How To Create Your Own TV Talk Show.” I’m an entrepreneur, the name of my business is “Wynn Productions LLC.” We specialize in video production, commercials, general videos, virtual business cards, TV shows and more. I’m the youngest talk show host who is on TV. The name of my show is called “Tyrik On The Move.” On my show I interview some of the biggest celebrities, feature some of the best places and cover some of the hottest events. Currently I am a rising junior at Georgia State University. Going into my junior year I will be taking on the role of Executive Producer of Panther Report News, Georgia State University’s broadcast news station. Also I have been elected as the President of the National Association of Black Journalist at Georgia State.

How did participating in 21CL transform you and lead you to where you are now?

Participating in 21CL was one of the biggest highlights of my entire life. I participated in Turner Voices Youth Media Institute (now WarnerMedia Institute for Future Leaders) because I had a strong passion for journalism. Participating in the institute helped me enhance my television skills a whole lot. Some of the things that I learned I still use them now. Not only that, my leadership skills have grown as well and it has allowed me to take on more leadership roles. During the camp I was also able to meet all kinds of great people my age who are interested in the same things I am, and I still keep in contact with some of them.

How did 21CL prepare you for your next steps? Going into college and taking on leadership roles, heading into a new era of professionalism, etc. What skills/tools/perspectives have helped you along the way?

During the summer institute we were able to stay on Georgia Tech’s campus for a week which means we were put in dorms and given roommates. That experience showed me what it would be like staying on a college campus and it was quite enjoyable. As mentioned earlier, following 21CL I was able to take on major leadership roles. Some of those roles are entrepreneur, NABJ-GSU President, Executive Producer, talk show host, anchor and more…

Which programs did you participate in, and when? What skills did you gain or improve through those programs?

I participated in the Turner Voices Youth Media Institute back in summer 2017 and I also participated in school-year programs, like 21CL’s Goizueta Youth Leadership Summit in 2018.

What was a memorable or ‘aha’ moment in 21CL? (Particular program, meeting a professional and diverse peers, speaking in public for the first time, etc.?

The most memorable moment was when I was able to close out the week summer program by doing a speech on the last day at the institute’s closing session. All the 21CL students and their parents were there so it was a very big audience. Not only did it help me develop better public speaking skills, it was fun and everyone seemed to have enjoyed it.

Did 21CL assist you in developing a leadership style that makes you an effective leader? if so how? And have you recently learned something else about leadership? Please share!

Yes, during the 21CL summer leadership institute I learned about leadership as having confidence, staying humble, listening to what others have to say, speaking up, dressing to impress and more.