Lekan Olawoye has extensive experience in youth policy, leadership development and social justice and has played a pivotal role in delivering empowering youth programs in Ontario. In his seven years as executive director of the For Youth Initiative, Lekan has developed the agency into an impactful organization that provides programming to one thousand at-risk youth each year. Lekan previously served as a board member of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and was the first-ever chair of the Ontario Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities. Under his leadership, the Premier’s Council designed a $5-million youth opportunities fund and advised on a $295-million youth job strategy fund.
Lekan is an alumnus of CivicAction’s DiverseCity Fellow program and of United Way’s Creative Institute for Toronto’s Young Leaders. He is also a 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference alumnus. He was named a Vital Person by the Toronto Foundation in 2012 and is a past winner of United Way Toronto’s Innovation Award.