Isis Sapp-Grant is a nationally recognized expert on youth gang violence, gender-responsive programming, youth development and delinquency.
Isis’s transformation from gang leader to community leader, led her founding of the Youth Empowerment Mission (YEM) in 1998, where she served as the Executive Director until 2010. During that time Isis also created the Blossom Program for Girls, a community based gender responsive alternative program to address the very unique needs of girls and young women in crisis. Blossom became the first program in NYC to provide a safe community alternative that centered Black girls and other girls of color who would otherwise be incarcerated, expelled from school or petitioned for PINS. Isis is committed to making sure that every girl has the opportunity to blossom.