Tanisha Deleon Named Deputy Director of Youth Options Unlimited Boston

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~ The Office of Workforce Development has announced Tanisha DeLeon as the new Deputy Director of Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) Boston. YOU Boston is an initiative that works to provide high-risk and court-involved teens and young adults, ages 14 to 24, with the resources they need to take actionable steps towards a better future. The organization serves over 400 young people annually, and in some cases, helps them re-enter their communities following incarceration.

Trinh Nguyen, Chief of Worker Empowerment, expressed her delight at Tanisha's appointment. "Serving Boston's young people is a priority for Mayor Wu and for this Cabinet, whether it is in meaningful employment, creating mentorship opportunities, or helping youth cope with violence and trauma in their neighborhoods through educational cohorts. Tanisha's experience will help us strategize to better serve these young people."

Isaac Yablo, Senior Advisor for Community Safety at the City of Boston also commented on the appointment: "I'm so pleased that Tanisha will be joining the amazing team over at YOU Boston. Her experience closing opportunities gaps among vulnerable populations will be critical in this role. I look forward to working with her to provide life changing opportunities to some of our most at-promise youth and young adults."

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Tanisha DeLeon is a native of Dorchester and Hyde Park who attended Centre College as a Posse Scholar where she earned a B.A. in Anthropology & Sociology. Most recently she served as the Strategy & Insights Manager at Western Governors University where she worked to identify and address organizational capability gaps while supporting underrepresented college students. Prior to that she assisted underserved business owners in raising capital and establishing their operations as the Senior Program Director of Social Impact at Gener8tor.

In her new role as Deputy Director of YOU Boston, Tanisha looks forward to bringing her expertise in change management, innovation, and capital raising to provide better access to opportunities for Boston's youth: "I am thrilled about the opportunity to nurture space for youth to grow," said Tanisha DeLeon. "Just as some startup founders find success after their tenth attempt, I wholeheartedly advocate for creating opportunities for second, third, and fourth chances for youth to develop their potential and achieve success."

YOU Boston is currently recruiting for its Youth Employment Program Winter 2024 cohort which places young people in paid supervised opportunities with community-based organizations across the city. Those interested can apply or be referred by using an online form or by emailing YOUreferral@boston.gov or calling 617-388-1352 before Wednesday December 20th 2023 when applications close. For more information visit boston.gov/YOU-Boston

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