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Deputy Director

LaVell Baylor, a military Air Force Veteran, and native Los Angeleno bring with her nearly 20+ years developing and managing GLOBAL customer sales & support call centers and the experiences of living and traveling abroad while embracing other cultures. LaVell served as an Executive Officer for OzEmail Internet Service Provider, in Sydney, Australia when it successfully listed on NYSE and later sold to MCI WorldCom.


She went from the corporate boardrooms to experiencing the life-changing effects of being incarcerated for 4.2 years. Determined to turn that negative into a positive for social justice and reform, LaVell now serves as the Deputy Director of Freedom 4 Youth.  As a children’s empowerment coach, LaVell Baylor is a dedicated guide and mentor helping children and young adults achieve greater self-confidence, inner peace and personal goals that lead to a more balanced and fulfilled life.


LaVell’s understanding and unique experience with what many children and young adults face every day allow her to make a personal connection leading to lasting transformation. Further, affirming that her incarceration was the doorway leading to her life’s purpose for championing positive youth development, policy advocacy, and working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.  Although LaVell achieved many worldly successes, she is most proud of the work she does inside of prisons, the juvenile justice system, local communities, nonprofits and the educational system on behalf of children and women.


A socially engaged artist, writer, activist, abolitionist and policy advocate.  LaVell is a 2018 UCLA Beyond the Bars Fellow, a Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice fellow; she is a member of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, InsideOut Writers, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, CUT#50 and advocates on behalf of women, juveniles and prison reform before the California Senate and Assembly.