KEY BOARD MEMBERS

FRANZ BATTLE, LPC

Director of Social Services

Master of Arts: Mental Health Counseling

Southern University and A&M College

Bachelor: General Studies 
Louisiana State University and A&M College 

Franz is our organization’s Counselor (LPC) and our Social Services Director. She has a wealth of experience provided counseling and case management services (respectively) for urban youth as well as exploited youth. She will serve our youth as Advocacy Coordinator as well as perform duties within her designated areas of expertise. 
Franz has experience providing counseling, advocacy and support for youth who have been victims of violence as well as coordinating the referral of violence and trauma-related service initiatives and activities to appropriate referral agencies. 
She has conducted group sessions, family sessions and individual sessions that are education related to discrimination, bias and various types of violence as they are experienced by and impact urban communities. She has exceptional experience facilitating supportive and/or psycho-educational groups and classes including Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality classes.
She's skilled with screening youth (upon intake) for client-based services; connecting LGBTQ youth  to information and community-based resources; providing victims of violence with assistance and support including telephone and in-person crisis intervention, trauma-informed .

TYRONE TAYLOR

Mentoring Program Facilitator

Tyrone Taylor has over 15 years experience mentoring at-risk and vulnerable youth. Tyrone has served on Board of Directors as well as Chief Operations Officer for numerous mentoring non profit organizations. 
When not in board meetings or facilitating his own organizations' operations, Tyrone volunteers as a mentor at various juvenile detention centers and youth incarceration facilities.
"I've met and mentored hundreds even thousands of our incarcerated youth over the years. I've not encountered one who does not have the potential to become a contributing, productive member of society...." -Tyrone Taylor ("Mentoring Youth" speech)

DYNESHIA SHABAZZ

Social Worker

Dyniesha Shabazz, a social worker for the State of Delaware in the Division of Social Services, has 10 years experience as a Social Worker. She has managed caseloads of over 200 diverse and economically disadvantaged families. 

Prior to working with the State of Delaware, Dyniesha worked for the American Red Cross of Greater NY. While working with the American Red Cross, Dyniesha provided a variety of social services to the NY community.

Dyniesha will ensure that Case Manager’s files are thorough, accurate and complete. She will verify reporting of Case Manager’s to the Case Manager Supervisor. She will assist Case Managers with facilitating referrals (of our youth) to the various agencies. 

Dyniesha will assist Case Manager Supervisor with ensuring that each individual case plan is followed based on the individual needs or our youth.

Dyniesha is committed to providing information regarding entitlements and resources to our youth.