Lashawn Butler LMSW is an innovative leader in the field of youth development. Her passion for supporting and empowering youth— who are often voiceless and invisible to those responsible to protect them—is at the heart of her work. As a therapist, mentor, educator and supervisor, she has earned a distinguished reputation as a committed advocate for the compassionate treatment of our most vulnerable youth. With a phenomenal record of achievement, whether at the preventive and foster care agency New York Foundling or as a social work supervisor at a Bronx charter school, Ms. Butler empowers youth to reclaim their rightful place as contributing members of society, on their own terms. She not only supports them she believes in their ability to succeed.
Her success is no accident. Ms. Butler’s own experience as a survivor of systemic and institutional oppression and subjugation, has faced seemingly insurmountable challenges with courage and determination—and victoriously transformed her own life’s experience. It is her continuous fight for social justice and with an abiding belief that we can all reach for our higher potential, that makes Ms. Butler not only an extraordinary woman but also an exceptional, innovative social work leader. Ms. Butler has helped hundreds of youth to transform their lives.
An honors graduate with a Masters of Social Work from the prestigious Silver School at New York University, Ms. Butler is an expert trainer and mentor of both seasoned youth development workers as well as social work interns. Also, she holds her Social Work Field Instruction Certification and is the Founder and Director of the non-profit organization Butler Services. Ms. Butler is the loving mother of two children, avid reader and resides in the Bronx, NY.