First African American NC Junior Jaycees Chairman President

by Terry Watson | November 4th, 2010
Maria HIcks-Few

Maria Hicks-Few (Photo by Maria Hicks-Few)

Maria Hicks-Few was elected by fellow members of the North Carolina Junior Chamber (Jaycees) to the office of president for 2010. This achievement makes her the first African American to serve as president of a United State’s Junior Chamber since 1920.

As an active member of the Greensboro Jaycees since 1999, she has served as the first African American female president, recruitment director, communications director, and as chairwoman of the Greensboro Jaycees Holiday Parade. She also held positions as membership and training vice president for the North Carolina Jaycees in 2009. During her tenure, the North Carolina Junior Chamber was able to grow their membership base for the first time.

Hicks-Few received a bachelor’s of arts degree in political science from North Carolina A&T State University, a master of science degree in public affairs from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a MBA in human resources management for the University of Phoenix.

Hicks-Few is also a small business owner in the Greensboro area. She is the owner of HRforU, a human resources consulting company focusing on small businesses and non-profit ( For the past eight years, she has been an adjunct professor of political science at North Carolina A & T State University.

The Junior Chamber (Jaycees) is an organization that gives young people between the ages of 21 and 41 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service and international connections.

Hicks-Few suggests that anyone who wants to meet interesting enthusiastic people, better oneself, impact one’s community, involve one’s children, participate as an adult learning leadership skills that can be used anywhere or have an all-around good time, can join the Junior Chamber (Jaycees). For a chapter near you or to start one in your area please visit the website at

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