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Lead4Life, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Human Services, Inmate Support, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: We believe it takes a village to create a loving, supporting environment for the communities we serve. Through our grassroots programs and empowering culture, individuals develop the skills needed to continue higher education, secure employment, and grow beyond their opportunities.

Target demographics: Youth, Adults and Families

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1200 Youth and families

Geographic areas served: The State of Maryland

Programs: Juvenile Diversion Programs, Youth Intervention Programs, Youth and Adult Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program, Mentoring and Case Management.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The lead4life staff were amazing to me! They went above and beyond and made me feel like family! I know I can count on Lead4life!!

Sina C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can honestly say that lead4life has changed my life. I started as a volunteer my senior year of high school and a few years later became a staff. Ms. Jen took me under her wings and never let me go. Lead4life thought me what family is, what it means to have a unconditional support system, what it means to be unconditional love despite my flaws. I would not be at the level I am at now without lead4life.

Pat T.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Lead4Life, Inc. for over 10 years. I help to serve when the organization hosts dinners on Thanksgiving and Christmas for the young people who are incarcerated . Originally, I provided baked goods. However, since retiring I am available to attend to help serve. Now many family members also attend these events and this is so heartwarming to see the interactions. The organization and it's leader are well loved and respected throughout the communities they serve. They provide clothing, personal items during the holidays or whenever it might be needed. Many of the young people who interact are very appreciative of the support they receive. I am very proud of the leadership and the entire organization. I highly recommend them to anyone seeking a mentor, assistance, positive feedback, or just need a friend.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son had his first and only bout with the criminal justice system some time ago. Once released, he was mandated to report to Lead for Life ERC. This was God sent. Lead for Life assisted in my son’s overall growth, maturity and development as a person. There he met peers, and great staff who actually cared and weren’t just working for a pay check. I must comment one of the staff “Mr. Josh”. He took my son under his wing and refused to let go. My son is an introvert and doesn’t like communicating with others. But he will speak to and contact Mr. Josh at anytime. This man is a genuine roll model, who takes great pride in his position and will work hard to ensure great outcomes for our youth. I’ve never seen such passion and compassion from a worker, that remains steadfast in the mission of the agency. My son is now 19 years old, working, owns a car, has great credit and is truly focused. As a loving parent, I would love to take all the credit for this, but I can’t. I have to thank Lead for Life, for all that you’ve done thus far and the impact that you’ve had on my sons life. All I can say is “Many Thanks” continue to do what you’re doing, you ARE making a difference.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked here as a mental health therapist. They have a great structure to really provide full support to clients’ needs. This program and service is important and invaluable to those with mental health illness.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working at an outpatient clinic, it can be challenging to find reliable support services for our patients. We were so excited to find Lead 4 Life! Our collaborations with their team have been smooth and productive. Any questions or issues that came up were handled promptly. We are very pleased with the services.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I followed Nelljean to Lead4Life, Inc. and I haven’t regretted it since! The services are great, I love the option for evening hours and they’re not just limited to 1:1 therapy. Lead4Life, Inc. continues to change my life for the better with every session!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Joshua is an amazing person, with great life experience and who knows how to relate to people. This organization is very lucky to have him and if you follow the advice that is given to you, it’s more likely than not that you will succeed in whatever ways you decide in your life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Leads 4 life is a wonderful program led by individuals who care for and support our youth and young adults our future. I have had the opportunity to work with as well as observe the staff who genuinely care for and work extremely hard making a difference and their lives. As a mother of three young children it makes me extremely grateful just knowing that leads for Life exist because as children grow and they go through life they sonetimes make decisions they're not always best for them. With leads 4 life they're given a chance as young adults going through rough times to get put back on the right track and led in the right direction by a team of supportive compassionate people who love their jobs and genuinely want to make a difference and help these youth to grow and become positive self-sufficient independent respectful young men and women. And it's also wonderful to see how some of their clients have graduated the program and return back to either volunteer or come aboard as staff now that is truly making a difference in the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lead4Life is a great program targeted to helping youth through many important and difficult stages of life. I had been very lucky to have ran into them in my pre-adult times. I have received so much help from them in so many different ways. Lead4Life is very welcoming to all no matter who you are. When I first came I had my doubts but that quickly disappeared upon meeting one of their team members, Mr. Joshua. Now Mr. Josh is an interesting individual, but one that you will not forget. He knows his way with words and makes new connections through humor, even if sometimes he is the only one who finds it funny, he still makes a great impression with anyone he meets and a lasting friendship. From my first introduction to Lead4Life, to where I am now, I know that I'm where I am today thanks to the help of the wonderful people at Lead4Life. No matter your problem, that being work, education, etc, the team at Lead4Life is there for you and will do what ever they can to get you on the right path. I don't know how I could even thank them for all of the amazing work that they have done and help me out with. Lead4Life is not a company, it's a family, and you really start to feel that the more that you are around. Overall, I am where I am today thanks to them, and so are so many others. I would and have recommend Lead4Life to many of my own friends and they were able to get all of the help that they needed. I just have such a strong personal connection to some of the family at Lead4Life and I'm so glad I could have found a group of amazing, hard-working people to help me and so many others with issues that can sometimes be very challenging on your own.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since joining l4l in 2018, my life changed instantly and for the better. I was dealing with bad mental health issues due to a t.b.i I had in 2014, which left me paralyzed on the entire right side of my body hence leaving my brain operating on a infant level ONLY on the right side. I can't remember the exact date I joined l4l but they immediately worked on getting the proper help for my issues. Substance abuse, socialization, work ethics, anger management, therapy, at a point an time I was also getting slight physical therapy from simple activities preformed during sessions with former PRP mentor. My recent reengagement in PRP I am with a new mentor and they are introducing me to more resources and good behavioral tactics to apply in my day to day life that work tremendously. The results I see in myself are phenomenal. I love myself now. I have coping skills and thanks to therapy I can now open up without shame or guilt getting past my issues that held me back! Thank you l4l :)