Leonard Carlisle

Senior Youth Advocate, Community-Based Prevention Program

Lenny Carlisle thumbnailMr. Lenny is a native New Yorker who has lived in New Orleans for the past five years. He is an Army veteran with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from West Virginia State University. He has worked with at risk youth in various capacities, from corrections to child welfare. He is active in the community and loves all types of service projects. Mr. Lenny started with YEP as a member of AARP, then continued with the organization as a proud member of New Orleans Literacy Alliance AmeriCorps. He joined YEP as a full-time staff member in 2013.


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70 percent of YEP’s staff members are born and raised in New Orleans and the vast majority grew up in the same neighborhoods that our youth live in. Our staff members’ personal understanding of the challenges that our young people face make them uniquely qualified to provide support to YEP youth.