Rethink, Redesign, Restructure

There is so much exciting energy about Leadership Excellence’s new direction! LE is under the leadership of it’s founders Shawn and Nedra Ginwright. The day to day work is being support by a team of dedicated volunteers, former Executive Director, Dereca Blackmon, Jason Seals, and Macheo Payne. We recently convened a group of committed volunteers, board members, youth, parents and former employees to reimagine what LE might look like over the next 20 years!We allowed our imaginations to run wild and developed an exciting new way to think and talk about our work. Here is a sneak preview of what we developed and how we will chart the direction for the next 20 years.


We want Black America to thrive! We envision creating thriving community life where each adult, youth and child will flourish. Our vision is to create pathways to well being for Black America in order to live vibrant and engaged lives.

Our mission is to create pathways to well-being for African American youth and
their communities. Through retreats, residential camps, seminars, and trainings we
create opportunities for African American youth, families and communities to sustain
meaningful well-being.

Theory of Change:
We believe that healing and well-being are key prerequisites for social change. Well-
being can be achieved in African American communities when individuals, and
institutions are provided practical, affordable and accessible healing and wellness
techniques and experiences.

Focus on Results:
Documenting our practices provides an opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of how healing, well-being contributes to social justice. Our emphasis on results is not simply to evaluate the extent to which our specific goals have been met. We are deeply curious about what we do, and why we do it, and therefore we are serious about producing the results necessary to create well-being and social justice. This means that our work must build from quality evidenced based research, as well as push the boundaries of innovative practice. Together these approaches require us to take the risks necessary to generate new ideas, practices and theories about individual and community change.

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