For those that I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting or who haven’t seen YouthBuild’s latest updates, I am Le’Yondo Dunn, the newly appointed CEO of YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School. I first joined YouthBuild as the Chief Program Officer last school year, and I am truly thrilled to have been chosen by the Board of Trustees to step into this new leadership role. I am acutely aware that I stand on the shoulders of giants, including leaders, students, alumni, and staff, and I eagerly anticipate collaborating with those who are poised to carry the torch forward as I embrace the most significant professional responsibility of my career.
As a proud native of Southeastern Louisiana and a product of public primary and secondary education, I understand the aspirations and challenges that many of our students face. Their determination inspires me to create a safe, inclusive environment where they can push boundaries and become the best versions of themselves, while receiving unwavering support from their remarkable peers and colleagues. I take great pride in having fostered these opportunities in previous schools and in my prior role at YouthBuild, and am excited to work with long-standing and new partners and collaborators to help students excel academically, professionally, and as community leaders.
The current 2023-2024 school year signifies a pivotal moment in our journey as we bid farewell to our current school building and prepare to move into a state-of-the-art facility meticulously designed to cater to the evolving needs of YouthBuild Philly students and staff. This transition also reinforces our commitment to sustainability, community investment, and empowering young leaders. Before this move, we remain dedicated to ensuring the success of our largest enrollment class ever, with 264 new students becoming part of our community this September.
To continue providing transformative experiences for our young people in 2023-24 and beyond, we rely on your support, and invite you to join us in this endeavor. Our newest cohort of young leaders follows in the footsteps of outstanding alumni like Erica (Class of 2019) and Tarif (Class of 2023), who have bravely shared their stories of personal growth and empowerment, serving as beacons of inspiration for incoming students. We also take immense pride in introducing our new Principal, Kazmir Davis, who assumes her role after nearly two decades of dedication to what she affectionately refers to as “The Work.” You can learn more about each of these remarkable individuals by scrolling through this page.
As we bid farewell to our current space and keenly anticipate our new building, we ask for your investment in continuing to offer the highest quality services to our brilliant young minds. Typical first-time gifts to YouthBuild average around $100, and we hope you’ll considering making a donation of this amount or any gift size that suits you in recognition of the foundation built by the giants #WhoCameBefore. Visit ybpcs.org/donate to donate today. If you have any inquiries regarding your donation or how it will be utilized, please feel free to reach out to our Individual Giving Manager, Theo Molloy, at email@example.com.
Let us honor those #WhoCameBefore by generously supporting #WhoGotNext. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your commitment to YouthBuild Philly. Your support for our school and our young people is truly appreciated, and we hope for the opportunity to reconnect with you in the near future.
Chief Executive Officer
PS: For the latest updates on our new building, please visit ybpcs.org/youthforward