Candace Mayer LaRue, M.A. has devoted nearly 40 years to community organizing and youth development. Candace is the founder of Candace LaRue and Associates and was the founding Chair of the Board for the Alternatives to Violence Project, USA. She is currently a member of the Board and Past President of the New York State Network for Youth Success. She has worked at every level in the field of youth development; ranging from direct service as a youth worker to curriculum development as an administrator, and to providing oversight while working in government agencies. Candace has provided professional development and training to tens of thousands of individuals over the course of her career, and in the COVID-19 era she has adapted specialized workshops to address current needs.