Expanded Learning and Community Engagement Manager
Leandra Shelton (she/her) serves as the Expanded Learning and Community Engagement Manager at the Foundation for Tacoma Students. Joining the Foundation in March of 2020, Leandra brings a passion for advocating and supporting the goals and efforts of young people in our community. Leandra’s role is to facilitate convenings and support the efforts of the Out of School and Summer Learning Network. Additionally, she acts as a facilitator and adult partner to the Mayor’s Youth Commision of Tacoma and will be leading efforts to connect and engage with families and local communities to support the Graduate Tacoma Movement. Leandra comes from a blended family where she is a 1st generation American and college graduate. After earning a degree in Elementary Education, she found herself dedicated to teaching outside the traditional classroom. Her professional career in youth development has spanned over 10 years and includes working within nonprofits and local municipalities to develop, coordinate, and facilitate programs for youth ages 5 - 18. She believes that young people accomplish great things for themselves and their community when given the opportunity and that it is our responsibility to come together to remove barriers and oppressive systems in order to create equitable and just opportunities for current and future generations. Leandra spends her free time with her partner, their daughter, and extended family. She enjoys getting outdoors, practicing yoga, and is currently working on creating a micro homestead.
This interactive session will be a 101 overview of Collective Action and the five Collective Action Networks (CANs) that make up the Graduate Tacoma Movement. The goals and strategies of each network will be shared, along with data and indicators used to track the work. There will be a break-out time for participants to dive deeper into the work of the networks, ask questions, and connect with other partners. This session is designed for participants who are new to the work of Collective Action, interested in joining a CAN, or just curious and want to learn more about how the work of these networks fits into the larger cradle to career continuum and systems change goals and outcomes.