Our Mission

We aim to train and prepare local youth to access current jobs, careers, and education continuation programs in our city.

About Us

Leaders In Training is a WIOA year-round comprehensive youth employment and education continuation program intended to engage, expose, and train youth and young adults ages 14-24 in Southwest Detroit. The program offers job readiness and leadership training, work-based learning experiences, and paid work experience. Youth will participate in activities to help them connect their long term goals with educational and employment steps needed to achieve them.

Our Team

Vania Ruiz

Youth Workforce Development Director

Adriana Garcia


Jay Saenz

Data Management Coordinator

Leslie Samano


Tracy Gallardo

LLMSW Navigator and Mental Health Coordinator

Daivon Reeder

Navigator and Financial Education Coordinator

Interested in joining our work?

Do you have a business and want to work with us? Do you know a young person who should be a Leader in Training? We want to hear from you!

Contact Us

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives is a nonprofit organization rooted in Southwest Detroit. We work within the community to be able to create a safe and thriving environment where people want to live, work and play. UNI is based in the Springwells area of Southwest Detroit, a 1.3 square mile neighborhood bounded by Fort, Dix and Waterman Streets.