Jorja Leap, adjunct professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is featured prominently in the October issue of Los Angeles Magazine. She is one of five area residents described as “five who make a difference,” because, “Their generosity is boundless and their belief in a better world unshakable.”
The October issue, which hit stands this week, is devoted to “The L.A. Woman” and features women with “strength, brains,” and, “commitment to service,” said the monthly publication’s editors. She is in good company as the list includes the supervisor of a nonprofit that provides housing and treatment for veterans addicted to drugs and alcohol, a 2011 California Teach of the Year; a public defender who was named defense lawyer of the year by the L.A. County Bar Association; and a seventh-grader who founded “Lemon: Aid Warriors,” which benefits charities.
Leap, a faculty member at the School since 1992, is noted for her commitment to problem of gangs and gang violence, as a senior policy adviser on gangs and youth for Lee Baca, L.A. County Sheriff, as well as a continuing five-year study evaluating L.A.-based Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in the country.
Leap, who has worked in the United States and abroad, is recognized as an expert in crisis intervention and trauma response in violent and post-war settings such as Bosnia and Kosovo. Her work has focused on gangs and gang violence as well as youth development and at-risk youth. Leap is the author of the upcoming book, Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love and Redemption, is scheduled to be published in early next year.
For more information on Professor Leap, please visit her faculty profile page.
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Photo by Gregg Segal courtesy of Los Angeles Magazine
Caption: Former Crips Andre Christian, Johnny Bailey, and Mike Cummings with activist Jorja Leap at the Jordan Downs housing project.