My passion is helping organization leaders GO and GROW
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.
Founder & Board Chair of L.O.V.E Our Youth, Inc.
Table Talk Steering Committee Member – Central Florida Foundation
Board Member – Florida Afterschool Alliance
Florida State Chapter Lead – Nonprofit Minority Association
Member – Central Florida Christian Chamber
Lasheena Williams has been recognized for her dedicated work with her nonprofit, L.O.V.E Our Youth. She has had the opportunity to share her success with local magazines and as a speaker in the most recent Blacks in Nonprofits conference.
View Lasheena’s awards and features below.
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.
Canvas Rebel - Oct '22
In this interview feature on Canvas Rebel, Lasheena gives insights from her background as a nonprofit consultant.
Orlando Voyager - Aug '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.
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