Romy Solomon is a leadership coach and program development specialist. Prior to joining LEAP4change, Romy gained over 5 years of experience internationally, managing youth leadership development, experiential education, and human trafficking prevention programs in the Republic of Moldova, Romania, and India.
Romy was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011 where she earned a B.A. in Government and Politics and a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Her interest in international development began when she was 17 years old and spent a summer volunteering in a rural village in Thailand. The experience led Romy to join the Peace Corps, where she worked in the Republic of Moldova in Eastern Europe, as a Community and Organizational Development Advisor. She created a diverse number of personal and professional development trainings for youth to develop life skills and an interest in active citizenship. The experience inspired Romy’s passion for working with youth in a non-formal education context and empowering them to be community change-makers.
Romy was later awarded a Fulbright research grant in Romania, where she worked with NGOs to research innovative new methods of human trafficking prevention for youth. Working with the organization, “eLiberare”, Romy established “The Freedom Fighters Academy”, a youth leadership and advocacy training program, built on experiential learning.
Romy continued developing her non-formal education facilitation skills in Bihar, India, where she created training modules for local village youth leaders, named “Village Visionaries”. Romy succeeded in creating a safe space that encouraged the Village Visionaries to think more critically and empowered them to address controversial subjects such as identity, gender equality, sexual and gender based violence, child marriage, and more.
In November 2016, Romy was awarded a Milli Award, and recognized as a Millennial changing the world. Romy looks forward to apply her passion for facilitating fun and informative experiential trainings for youth to the LEAP4change program. Her goal is to excite teenagers and ignite in them the same passion for addressing global issues that she possesses.
“I LEAP because young people, no matter what their background, have the power to make a difference.”