WHO WE ARE
To empower and inspire youth to be catalysts for change in their communities.
A community strengthened through constructive youth engagement in all aspects of society.
As part of a national movement, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation founded the Youth in Service Fund in 1996. The program was created to engage young people in youth leadership and philanthropy. After many years of success and granting nearly $550,000 to youth-led projects, in 2009, the Youth in Service Fund transitioned to Lead2Change, a non-profit career-readiness organization. This initiative was spearheaded by Dionne Grayson and a group of young trailblazers. While philanthropy is one tool used to help young people develop career-readiness skills, we also offer 16 nationally recognized career clusters to help young people find their passion and follow their path.
President and CEO Dionne Grayson is a visionary leader who has dedicated her career to empowering youth and strengthening the organizational capacity of institutions in the Milwaukee area. Serving as Lead2Change’s President and CEO, Dionne’s work is driven by her passion to see youth manifest their destiny. Dionne has served youth for more than 20 years and has consulted with several organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Marquette University, and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. Prior to founding Lead2Change in 2011 along with 12 youth co-founders, Dionne served as a Senior Program Officer at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
Through Lead2Change and her patented program, Dream.Explore.Build., Dionne empowers youth to live their life by design and not by default. Dionne’s tenacity for youth leadership programming has earned her many accolades, including being named a 2017 Women of Influence (Mentor category) by The Milwaukee Business Journal.
Dionne received her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Alverno College and her graduate degree in Social Work Administration from UW-Milwaukee. She is married and resides in Milwaukee.
Dionne Grayson : President
Quianna McGee : Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Ameera Eckles-Sabree : Manager of Program Services
Norm Smaglik : Accounting Administrator
Brittany Madden : Marketing & Communications Administrator
Talva Rodgers : Instructor
Johonna Duckworth: Instructor
Chandar Robertson : Instructor
Aurora Health Care
Medical College of Wisconsin
Robbins Law Group LLC
Boys Scouts of America
Building Your Dreams LLC
City Center at 735
Greater Galilee Community Development Corporation
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee Public Schools
MPS Partnership for the Arts & Humanities
Neu Life Community Development
Trio Educational Talent Search – Marquette University
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Social Work
World Outreach Center