Steve LePore is a speaker, storyteller, and nonprofit consultant with over 30 years of experience as an Executive Director in the nonprofit sector. Steve’s work has included:
● Co-founding and directing My Friend’s Place, a nonprofit resource center for youth that are homeless in Hollywood, California
● Founding and directing The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, a nonprofit community-based outreach program preventing high-risk behavior among teens
● Founding and directing 1in6, a national nonprofit organization that supports male survivors of sexual trauma and the people who care about them
● Consulting for nonprofit Executive Directors and Boards of Directors
● Speaking to diverse audiences throughout the world
As a speaker, Steve has shared compelling, transformative stories with audiences at conferences, retreats, corporate and nonprofit events, and military bases, including at the Pentagon. Steve’s unique ability to inspire and motivate through heartfelt and sometimes humorous storytelling has garnered him wide praise and repeat invitations. As a professional consultant, he is dedicated to supporting nonprofit Executive Directors and Boards of Directors by applying his depth of knowledge to foster paced growth, cultivate management and communication skills, and encourage out-of-the-box thinking.
Steve began his professional life in the private sector as Director of Human Resources for Six Flags Corporation and later, a Hollywood-based entertainment company. In 1988, a chance encounter with a young person who was homeless sparked a challenge that inspired Steve to leave the private sector and co-found (and ultimately become Executive Director of) My Friend’s Place, a resource center for youth that are homeless in Hollywood, California. Today, My Friend’s Place provides a wide range of social services—including health care and education and employment assistance—to nearly 1,500 homeless youth each year.
In January 2000, after conducting a needs assessment commissioned by the city of Santa Clarita, Steve founded his second nonprofit: The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, a community-based outreach program preventing high-risk behavior among middle and high school students. The SCV Youth Project continues to support youth in the community today through counseling and outreach services to students on over 15 campuses in the Santa Clarita Valley.
In 2007, Steve had a conversation with a close friend about the lack of services for men who have experienced sexual abuse and assault, and decided to found his third nonprofit, 1in6. 1in6 has become a leading voice in the anti-sexual violence movement and a trusted resource for male-identifying survivors and their loved ones, as well as clinicians working with men. 1in6’s services include a comprehensive informational website, a 24/7 online crisis helpline, and free and anonymous online support groups for men, which have been proven to be particularly useful for men who do not wish to engage with in-person services or are unable to do so due to lack of access.
Steve is a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow (having researched effective strategies to address difficult social issues and create change through program and policy development) and a NO MORE campaign board member, and has served on numerous other boards.