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Meet Leisle Bartley of The One Love Foundation

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leisle Bartley.

Leisle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and parent of two teenagers, I’m interested in educational material that will help my children grow into healthy and happy adults. In learning about One Love and engaging with some of their content, I reached out to the organization to offer my help in launching One Love here in Los Angeles. With the country’s second-largest school district (LAUSD), many universities and colleges, including UCLA & USC, the entertainment industry and countless community organizations, Los Angeles is full of potential and I want to help mobilize local efforts to share One Love’s relationship health messaging.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
With COVID19 and uncertainty around in-person school and gatherings, One Love is facing new challenges in access and funding to keep our relationship health programs free for all. The organization was able to translate much of their programming from an in-classroom model to virtual and is working tirelessly to offer teachers, coaches and administrators tools to lead discussions in various ways. One Love continues to look for partners and funders to help support efforts to change the statistics around relationship abuse, specifically in the Los Angeles area.

The One Love Foundation – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The One Love Foundation is dedicated to improving the relationship health of future generations. The nonprofit organization has educated more than 1.1 million young people through educational workshops, both in-person and online, by teaching them the signs of unhealthy and healthy relationship behaviors. The organization was founded in honor of Yeardley Love, a 22-year old college student whose life was tragically cut short when she was killed by her ex-boyfriend. Her family learned during the trial that her death could have been prevented had they recognized the signs of an abusive relationship. For more information, visit joinonelove.org.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
As a parent, I wish One Love’s educational materials had been available when my children were in elementary school. Relationships are essential to everything and relationship health will drive physical health, mental health and social outcomes for the next generation. I’ve worked with many different organizations over the years and I feel completely energized and inspired as I embark on this next chapter with One Love. I feel passionately about One Love’s material and believe that everyone should learn how to #LoveBetter.

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