Leaders by Empowerment, Activists by Development
(L.E.A.D. Nation)

…is a community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization developed to inspire youth to become leaders in their community by providing the necessary training needed for success. The organization focuses on education, mentoring, service, character and public speaking for middle and high school students, as well as provides a platform for parent engagement and learning.  L.E.A.D. Nation was founded in April of 2006 by State Representative Shevrin Jones, Leo Stoney, and Donald Garner and continues to be a leading organization in hosting events and providing opportunities that inspire youth.

Our Mission…

Our mission is to develop youth and young adults to become social entrepreneurs, community activist, trained young professionals and critical thinkers, who positively influence political and social change.

Our Founders

Shevrin Jones
Shevrin Jones
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Stoney
Leo
Stoney
Donald Garner
Donald Garner

Our Executive Team

Shevrin Jones
Shevrin JonesFounder / CEO
Representative Shevrin D. Jones is the CEO and Founder of LEAD Nation (Leaders by Empowerment, Activists by Development) and the Founder and Chair for the South Florida Youth Summit. His passion and commitment for youth has inspired many to be proactive in fostering change in their homes and their communities. Shevrin’s service to the community includes his current role as Florida State Representative of House District 101. He is also a member of various community initiatives.
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Whitney Rawls
Whitney RawlsPresident
The chief idea mover at Notion Motion LLC, Whitney has 20+ years experience in information systems and project management, along with thorough knowledge and participation in overseeing non-profit organizations and services. He consults and advises on civic & political issues, business startup, and development and stabilization.

Whitney is the Co-Founder of the South Florida Youth Summit and his commitment to community includes serving on several civic boards and working with organizations toward developing better social responsibility, economic development, and youth and family services initiatives.

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Adrian Freeman
Adrian FreemanExecutive Director
Adrian D. Freeman is the Executive Director of the South Florida Youth Summit as well as L.E.A.D. Nation. He is a driven success motivator and coach and enjoys connecting people with resources that will take them further in life. Adrian’s approach is transformational and he breathes it into all his endeavors. Adrian is also an author, speaker and owner of Adrian Speaks International.
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Our Mission Partner

L.E.A.D. Nation is proud to work with our mission partner Knowledge of Careers Inc. as we continue our efforts to transform South Florida’s youth.

Knowledge of Careers Inc., led by Michael J. Ragheb, envisions a society where urban schools channel the innovation of their cities into the education of their students.

Thus, our vision is to fold the business and civic activities of our cities into our schools, so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and networks they need for success as adults. Our mission is to equip low-income high-school students with the practical skills, helpful networks, and solutions-oriented mindsets necessary to thrive in the profession of their choosing.

Learn more about Knowledge of Careers Inc. at www.knowledgeofcareers.org.

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