Founder & Executive Director
Layah Willis is the founder and Executive Director of City Youth Exposure. She champions kids whose limited experiences and resources keep them from realizing their dreams. Layah earned a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Education from UC Berkeley. She studied educational and economic disparities of youth living in inner-city communities and explored solutions that could close opportunity gaps and uplift new generations. Layah founded CYE to provide an innovative solution to the most common problems at-risk youth face growing up today. Layah envisions CYE being a light in children’s lives, creating positivity and possibility where little to none exist. Most recently, Layah received a M.A. in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University Los Angeles and earned her credential as a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP).
Chairman of the Board
André Farr is an entrepreneurial executive in the business of sports and entertainment, and an avid supporter and mentor for youth. He is the Chairman and CEO of Andre Farr International, a business development consultancy firm, and is Chairman of the Black Sports Agents Association. Andre was awarded Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year by the Minority Business Development Agency. He is a proud graduate of UCLA.
Josh Harrold is an experiential marketing expert. His passion for what he does drives him to excel at helping Fortune 500 brands create unique events and promotions. He was named ‘Marketer of the Year’ by Promo Magazine for his work with Yoo-hoo Chocolate Drink. Josh received a B.A. in Communications from Pepperdine University and a M.B.A. in Marketing from Fort Hays State University. Josh is a loyal fan of Kansas City sports teams and is passionate about creating awesome experiences with City Youth Exposure.