Leon Sankofa


Mr. Leon Sankofa is a native of Hampton, Virginia, where he currently resides. He is founder of Family & Youth Foundations.

He holds a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has completed additional coursework through Virginia Commonwealth University's Public Policy and Administration Doctoral Program.

He has ten dedicated years of professional experience in working with youth and families in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and school social work.

In addition, he has also facilitated staff development trainings in the areas of domestic violence, resiliency with youth, substance abuse, adolescent male issues, and building healthy family relationships. He is also the recipient of the National Leadership Award and the Men of Vision award from Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault.

Mr. Sankofa has provided consultation in treatment centers, mental health agencies, public schools, juvenile detention and adult correctional facilities, community service boards and universities throughout the State of Virginia.

Leon has written and directed the play and audio book titled "My Silence, My Pain." This dramatic production continues to be performed throughout the southeastern region in hopes of eradicating sexual abuse by moving it from a private matter to the social forefront. The format of his production is a framework for diminishing sexual abuse, domestic violence and other community concerns.

As the Executive Director of Family & Youth Foundations, Inc., he continues to strive towards providing quality mental health services and professional development training.