Crystal Young
Group Leader

Crystal Roshawn Young born May 24th, 1990, was crowned Little Miss African American Queen in 1997.  Since then, she has earned her B.A in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University located in Los Angeles, CA. Crystal currently studies at the University of Southern California, getting her Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in mental health. Her goal after receiving her Masters in May 2016 is to go into her own private practice catering to adolescents with severe mental illnesses.  Crystal always remembers to wear her “CAP,” which reminds her to have Confidence in herself, Awareness in herself and Pride.

Alesia Forte'
Group Leader

Alesia Forte’ was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She is currently enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising where she obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in Merchandise Marketing and is completing her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management. Alesia has been working in the fashion and

retail industry for over six(6) years and is extremely passionate about the many projects and businesses she has been apart of. Her determined and competitive nature has led to many successes in her many business ventures. When in her free time, Alesia enjoys spending time with her adorable 2-year-old son, Ashton, outdoor activities, traveling, photography, and eating out.

Alesia was crowned queen of the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant in 2000. She won an all expenses paid trip for 4 to Jamaica and made several appearances on the radio, city council meetings, and other events during her reign. This year, she will be a pageant group leader, getting the 8 year old girls ready to compete!

Elainna Smith
Group Leader

Elainna Smith, Born April 23,1986 at Cedars Sinai Hospital, was a contestant in the very first Little Miss African American Pageant. Although she didn't place, she took life-long lessons with her in regards to Self Pride, Self Awareness and Sisterhood. She went on to Attend Clark Atlanta University where she became an alumni in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a Minor in Spanish. She has gone on to participate in missions including building a house for a family in need in Ensenada, Mexico and studying abroad in Seville, Spain. She is currently the Third Vice President of the High Desert Section Of NCNW (National Council of Negro Women) and is dedicated to mentoring the youth of today to make them better citizens and individuals of tomorrow.

Tehya White
Group Leader

Tehya White was born on March 6, 1989 at California Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She participated in Little Miss African American in 1997, and 1998, and returned for an Alumni pageant in 2002. Little Miss African American taught Tehya how to be a young lady, and that she must always wear her CAP. She is currently attending West Coast University pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. After graduation with her Bachelor's in 2017, she plans on pursing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

Kristin Joy Bayliss
Group Leader

 Kristin Joy Baylis is a recent graduate of the University of California Los Angeles majoring in World Arts and Cultures with a Dance concentration. She has studied dance for the last seventeen years in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Flamenco, Character, African, and Dunham. Kristin’s training includes

 the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, the summer intensives for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Complexions Dance, CHAMPS Charter High school, and most recently at her university, UCLA. Dance has afforded her the opportunity to tour nationally as well as internationally with many notable companies. Kristin has taught dance and movement for the last six years to children ages 3-18, she volunteers as a dance teacher at the Mid-Valley YMCA, Los Angeles debutants annual “Global Get Down”, “Kittsville”, an inner city arts program dedicated to bringing formal dance training to Los Angeles youth, and many more. Kristin participated in the Little Miss African American Pageant when she was just five years old and after creating close bonds with directors and fellow contestants she returned for multiple years to help with dance and organization.

Portia Thomas
Group Leader

 Portia Thomas was born and raised in southern California. Following her 1995 participation in the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant, she went on to complete college and pursue a career as a Board Certified behavior analyst working with children with special needs. Today, with 3 degrees under her belt, she has a heart for giving back to her community. She is the author of 6 self-published books, and has had the opportunity to speak, not only on the stage of Little Miss African American, but also at girl empowerment events and to families and professionals all across the Inland Empire. Portia is now a mother of two daughters, with whom she has already begun to share one very important truth: "You, too, can change the world. All it takes is Confidence, Awareness, & Pride."