For the past ten years, the LEAP (Leadership Education and Advancement for Professionals) program has created a container where leaders of color can learn, strategize, and build community with each other. LEAP has brought together leaders from across the United States and territories to cultivate a multi-racial network of leaders striving to define what being an executive leader in the gender-based violence field looks like and to expand opportunities for advancement through professional development and networking.
Because we know that emerging leaders of color benefit from learning in communal settings, VALOR works to provide access to leadership development, mentorship, and a community to learn with and from. The LEAP project provides an immersive and intensive training to build skills and confidence to propel leaders of color forward in the anti-violence movement. Each cohort provides access to skilled trainers and coaches to support to enhance the professional skills of leaders of color in the anti-violence field with topics like, working with boards, finance and budgets, cultural capacity building, program development, evaluation, and sustainability, and so much more!
Women and people of color have been providing visionary leadership in the anti-violence movement since its inception. When we continue to invest in the vision of leaders of color, the holistic needs of communities of color remain central to our movement. The LEAP project team is motivated by and excited to introduce LEAP’s newest cohort. Join us in celebrating the current and future achievements of leaders from LEAP cohort 9:
- Alexia Jennings, Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center, West Virginia
- Aly Tadros, Crime Victims Treatment Center, New York
- Amanda Dotson, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Wisconsin
- Amanda Watson, Praxis International, Minnesota
- Andrea Raya, Rose Brooks Center, Missouri
- Arianna Sessoms, Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance, Virginia
- Brittany Clayborne, The Haven Shelter & Services, Virginia
- Em Alves, NOVA (National Organization for Victim Assistance), Colorado
- Joella Montoya, Community Against Violence, New Mexico
- Kuante Scriven, Doorways, Virginia
- Lilia Chavez, WEAVE, California
- Mariya Taher, Sahiyo, Massachusetts
- Melissa Pitts, House of Ruth, California
- Michelle Richard, Safe Horizon, New York
- Nisha Williams, North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, North Carolina
- Nubia Martinez, La Casa Inc., New Mexico
- Qunisha Simmons, The SAFE Alliance, Texas
- Renee Wells, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, Maryland
- Sanjana Khan, Laal, New York
- Sarayfah Bolling, Callisto, Georgia
- Sky Sealey, National Women’s Law Center, Massachusetts
- Vanessa Corwin, Hawai’i State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Hawai’i
Stay tuned for more updates from LEAP Cohort 9, starting in February 2022!
VALOR will open applications to join LEAP Cohort 10 in Fall, 2023. Join the mailing list to receive updates about LEAP.
This project is supported by Grant No 2020-TA-AX-K022 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.