Raleigh, North Carolina
LeQuandra Ballen is the Director of Child Abuse Prevention for the YMCA of the Triangle. She has 19 years of experience in social work and education serving youth in multiple capacities. LeQuandra served NC Public School System as a Special Education Middle School Teacher and School Social Worker for 6 years. She interned as a Guardian Ad Litem, and continued to volunteer for 3 years. She was a youth minister for 10 years, and continues to serve youth in her local church.
After relocating to Raleigh, NC, LeQuandra helped support Raleigh Police Department’s Youth and Family Services as a coordinator for community services and gang outreach initiatives. For the past 6 years, LeQuandra Ballen has served the YMCA of the Triangle. She has experience directing multiple YMCA youth programs, and has been in her current role as a Director of Child Abuse Prevention for 2.5 years. It is in this role that she leads the Partners in Prevention Initiative in Wake County to end child sexual abuse. She engages the greater Wake County Community and the YMCA of the Triangle utilizing Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® Trainings, Prevent Now! and Darkness to Light’s additional trainings.