I see 'me' in every child i mentor.

- Leonitha Francis,

Founder of Urban Mentor

Leonitha Francis

Be the difference it takes to see the change you know is possible.

Leonitha Francis is a native of the Bronx, New York. She was reared by a village of mentors who tremendously influenced her during her formative teenage years. 

Acknowledging the impact of her mentors influence in her own life, Leonitha felt a personal obligation to continue the circle of giving by pouring in the lives of teenagers as well. Utilizing her own story of resilience and survival, she advises and influences youth to live to the maximum of their potential.

After being rejected by a mentoring organization for not having attained a certain level of pedigree or perceived "life experience" in her early 20's, Leonitha knew that she would need to create her own way to pursue her passion of mentoring teenagers.

She has served with the Girl Scouts Scholars Program of Greater New York; Bethel Gospel Assembly Kub Klub Summer Day Camp; These Are The Daughters Ministry; The Baptist Resource Network of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia; and The Stay Strong Foundation. Presently, she serves as a Youth Leader for various middle & high school level ministries at Reid Temple AME Church's North Campus in Silver Spring, MD as well as a volunteer with Justice for Juniors in Washington, D.C. serving the D.C. Youth Rehabilitation Services weekly.

Leonitha believes in the power of exposure to educate disenfranchised youth of a life beyond their zip code while empowering them to be functioning contributors to society and their community. She has been mentoring young girls and boys since 2008, making time to share life experiences and career shadowing/internship opportunities with them through her vast network of friends and contemporaries.

Organizations Worked With:

  • Girl Scouts of America/ Girl Scouts of Greater NY

  • Stay Strong Foundation

  • Reid Temple AME Church

  • African Methodist Episcopal 2nd Episcopal District

  • Allen Memorial COGIC

  • Holiness Church of God, Inc.

  • Northern Virginia Urban League YPN

  • Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi

  • Washington Area Women’s Foundation

  • Brooke Charter Schools

  • Generation HOPE

  • Montgomery County Women’s Legislative Briefing

  • Next Big Thing Movement

  • High Tea Society

  • A Bigger Picture

  • Justice for Juniors

Presentation Topics Include:

  • Confidence & Self-Esteem

  • College Prep & Readiness

  • Social Media Etiquette & Usage

  • Communication

  • Youth Empowerment

  • Discovering Your Purpose

  • Personal Encouragement

  • 6-12 Grade & Higher Education

  • Motivational Speaker

Conferences In:

  • Unleashed Conference (Washington,DC)

  • Strengthed Summit (East Elmhurst, NY)

  • GirlsLEAD DC (Washington, DC)

  • Generation HOPE Annual HOPE Conference (Washington, DC)

  • Formation Cafe (Silver Spring, MD)

  • BROKEN Retreat (Maryland)

  • Prince Williams County Youth Summit & Technology Expo (Woodbridge, VA)

  • AME 2nd Episcopal District Summer Summit (Hampton, VA)



Tel: 240-720-7433

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