Kiana Knolland 


Kiana Knolland is a student at Howard University. As the 2013-2014 National Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of America, she served as the official BGCA teen spokesperson, advocating for America’s youth including nearly 4 million Boys & Girls Club members.

Kiana overcame significant obstacles in her life including adoption, growing up in a single parent household, and dealing with her mother’s health problems. She has refused to let her obstacles define her.

While living in Wichita, Kansas she was awarded the Champion of Change Award and the Definition of Greatness Service Award for Youth. In 2013, Kiana was presented with the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award and invited to meet with President Obama and other celebrities and political figures.

Kiana considers herself a girl power enthusiast, social justice advocate, and a lover of all things politics. Her ultimate career goal is to combine politics, public relations, and the legal system.



All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
— T.E. Lawrence