Devon Wilks

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Devon Wilks is the CEO of Grace Ministries. He has years of experience in public service and youth services. He has an extensive background in leadership development, youth ministries, staff training, and motivational speaking. Wilks holds a bachelor's degree in Social Science with a concentration in Sociology and Psychology from Long Island University. He is an ordained minister and is currently completing his masters degree in Social Work and Theology.

Wilks started Grace Ministries in 2013. Since then his organization has raised funds for children in Africa, Jamaica, and Haiti to attend school. His organization has also provided over 2,000 college textbooks to students in Jamaica, Haiti, and the Philippines. Wilks is an advocate against the genocide of people in Darfur and the sex trafficking industry

He worked at the Brooklyn Public Library as the Community Youth Developer. In his capacity at the BPL, Wilks conducted outreach and development initiatives, created and supervised tutoring services for youth and adults ages 6-24. He also organized fundraisers for local community organizations raising thousands of dollars in funds. He also implemented new training and business policies for staff members and unified multiple departments, saving thousands of dollars.

Wilks is an active member of the Christian Fellowship club and Black Students Union at Long Island University. In 2008 he received an award for outstanding community leadership. In 2012 he received the BPL Employee of the year award. In 2013 he received the Rev. Allan K. Pine award for community partnership and development and in 2014 he received the Nelson Mandela award for Unity Enrichment and Diversity.