Meet Lasheena Williams!

My passion is uplifting the community through strategic collaboration.

A Little About Me

I am a native of South Florida and a dedicated community advocate with over 15 years in program development and nonprofit management. With a passion for service and a desire to create thriving communities, I continually offer support to my community by contributing my expertise to various local and nationally-recognized organizations.

I played a strategic role in the growth and maintenance for a national youth development organization in which I developed, delivered, and evaluated various youth programs. My dedication to youth development led to the founding of L.O.V.E Our Youth in 2012, a nonprofit organization providing youth programs meant to encourage confidence and connect local partners with program services to provide greater impact in the community. As a result of my accomplishments and advocacy for youth, I have received recognition nationally.

My repertoire of professional skills includes program planning, event planning, grant writing, facilitation, fund management, public speaking, strategic planning, program evaluation, and public relations. In addition, I have experience managing over 30 million in grant funds that go to youth-based programs and services throughout Orange County, FL. The culmination of my professional and philanthropic endeavors provides a depth of understanding used to leverage the services I offer my clients.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) both from the University of Central Florida. I am a certified nonprofit professional (CNP) and certified youth mental health first aider. My consistent action toward youth development has fueled my desire to empower organizations that will provide services for our communities to flourish.

My Purpose
To empower nonprofit organizations by maximize their impact in the community by providing them with the tools, resources, and guidance necessary to help them thrive.
My Passions
Uplifting the community through strategic collaboration.

Volunteer Organizations & Affiliations

Volunteer Organizations & Affiliations

Founder & Board Chair of L.O.V.E Our Youth, Inc.
An organization with a mission to supply our youth with opportunities to learn and grow, allowing them to appreciate themselves and thereby encouraging positive self-esteem.
Table Talk Steering Committee Member - Central Florida Foundation
Table talk is a candid conversation about our community. Everyone living or working in Central Florida is invited. We all have a seat. We all have a voice. We all have a chance to shape our future.
Board Member - Florida Afterschool Alliance
Florida After School is an organization with a mission to advocate for and equip out-of-school time stakeholders with the necessary resources to build the profession and support high-quality programs for all children and youth. In Florida, many children spend as much time in year-round after school programs as they do in school. These programs offer children opportunities for growth, development, academic support, enrichment, recreation, and socialization. Florida After School recognizes the significant role of these programs in fostering positive outcomes and is dedicated to creating a positive impact on the lives of Florida’s youth by promoting their overall well-being and success.
Florida State Chapter Lead - Nonprofit Minority Association
NNMA united nonprofit leaders to business owners of colors who provide services to them nationally to create a network of support that leverages resources to build their communities.
Member - Central Florida Christian Chamber
The Central Florida Christian Chamber provides content for leaders to grow spiritually, personally, and professionally. By helping Christian companies get exposure for their brand and serve as the hub for Christian business leaders and entrepreneurs to connect and form strategic partnerships with a purpose.

Personal Awards & Features

Volunteer Organizations & Affiliations

Personal Awards

2022 November – Orlando Magic’s Diversity Game Changer

The Orlando Magic Diversity Game Changers honors local leaders who have made a difference in the realm of social justice and equality.

2021 Humanitarian Award – Blacks In Nonprofit

Blacks in Nonprofits is an annual event held in Dallas, TX; dedicated to connecting Black-Led Nonprofit leaders in the nation. At the 2021 event, Lasheena attended as a breakout speaker.

2017 Next Generation Award – National Afterschool Association

The National AfterSchool Association recognizes Lasheena as a leader in the afterschool community due to her passion and dedication.

2015 Best Overall Program Award – Boys & Girls Club of America and the Florida Area Council

At the 2015 Young Entrepreneurs Shark Tank event, the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida was recognized for its program excellence.

Article Features

Canvas Rebel
October '22

In this interview feature on Canvas Rebel, Lasheena gives insights from her background as a nonprofit consultant.

Orlando Voyager
August '21

In this feature on Orlando Voyager, Lasheena introduces herself and her journey to founding her own nonprofit organization.

After School Today
Winter '20 - PG 28

In this feature, AfterSchool Today updates readers on Lasheena’s journey since being recognized as a next-generation leader in 2017.

After School Today
Summer '20 - PG 22-23

This feature article addresses the challenges youth face during summertime and recommendations for summer programs.

After School Today
Winter '17 - PG 23

In this feature, Lasheena introduces herself as she is recognized by After School Today as a next-generation leader.

Professional Development and Training

Professional Development and Training

American Express Leadership Academy
Rollins Empowering Good
Devos Urban Leadership Innovative
Goldman Sachs - Black in Business
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