Joy Leonard

Program Director, Program for Girls and Young Women

(718) 716-8000 x119

Joy holds a BFA from NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing, and is currently an MA candidate at CUNY School of Professional Studies’ Masters of Applied Theater program. As a teaching artist working for Children & The Classics, Joy began implementing Project V.I.P. at New Settlement in 1997. During that time, she developed the basic methodology for Project V.I.P. (dramatic writing and performance) for girls; directed shows for CBO-based after-school programs in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx; led city-wide training workshops in arts and literacy through Partnership for After-School Education; and provided technical assistance and consultation to over 30 partner agencies conducting arts and literacy projects. In 2004, Joy went to work full-time for New Settlement, launching an expanded Program for Girls and Young Women that built upon the success of Project V.I.P. with added programming to address sexual and reproductive health, leadership development, college preparedness and more. She coordinates partnerships that supplement the program design, and guides the development and training of a diverse and dedicated staff with whom it is her sincere pleasure to work. Joy is especially proud these days that more than half of the current program staff are former program participants.