In the U.S. 5.6 million young people ages 16-24 are neither in school nor employed. Opportunity Youth United is a new national movement and campaign to increase opportunity and decrease poverty in America. LEAD has partnered with Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) to create the first ever Los Angeles Community Action Team comprised of young leaders and youth development agencies. To learn more, please visit: www.oyunited.org
Krystal Huff, M.Ed
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Krystal is a first-generation college student who has obtained her Masters in Education from Boston College. She has worked across the U.S. in Education and Youth and Community Leadership Development. Krystal is now the Workforce Development Manager for Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles. Krystal believes in LEAD being an organization accountable to the communities and youth we serve and her expertise and experience will help LEAD get there.
Board Vice President
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Betrice is an Alumni of Public Allies Los Angeles and an expert at Public Relations with an emphasis on Social Media Marketing, Branding, Press Communication, and Event Planning and Coordination. Betrice has worked with celebrities and public figures and has also enhanced the reach of several prominent non-profit organizations. She is passionate for social change and maximizing the reach and social impact of LEAD.
Originally from the East Coast, Adewale is an expert in Workforce Development with an emphasis on the Solar and Renewable Energy Field and the development of career pathways in disadvantaged communities. From working at the California African American Political and Economic Institute at Cal State Dominguez Hills to now leading Workforce Development efforts for GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, Adewale is devoted to the success of LEAD and the youth of Northeast LA.
Young people become empowered to take on leadership and be the catalyst of change in their lives, families, and communities. LEAD facilitates workshops and service-learning opportunities that aim to raise civic engagement levels.
Through the LEAD YouthBuild Program, we offer a project-based, inter-disciplinary curriculum model rooted in social justice. Students ages 17-24 are re-engage in their high school education and empowered to take control of their educational success.
In partnership with YouthBuild Charter School of California, this program has been created as a Residential and Commercial Construction Career Pathways Program to train students for jobs in the Building and Construction Trades that are high-growth, high-skills, and high-wage. This Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) uses the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3), a comprehensive 120-hour apprenticeship preparation curriculum.
College & Career Pathways
Our youth represent a social/economic opportunity: eager to further their education, gain work experience, and help their communities. Through Experiential Training, young people develop the critical thinking and transferable skills needed for college/career success.