“Family means having someone to love you unconditionally in spite of you and your shortcomings. Family is loving and supporting one another even when it’s not easy to do so. It’s being the best person you could be so that you may inspire your love ones. Family doesn’t see color, race, creed not culture it sees heart. Family isn’t always about being connected biologically, because understands that other things and influences bind us. Family is unrelenting, it’s secure and reliable. Family isn’t just important, it’s what is most important!”
Marvin Lazenbury, MHS
Associated Director of Housing for Bucks & Montgomery county, Valley Youth House
Marvin R. Lazenbury MHS, is a highly-regarded volunteer civic leader, advocate, speaker, trainer, documentary film producer and overall change agent with over 15 years of human services experience. Marvin has worked relentlessly to empower individuals to be their best selves, understanding that strong individuals create strong families and strong families create communities. A Philadelphia native and a product of Richard Allen Homes in North Philadelphia, Marvin was exposed to various community outreach programs that helped shape the man he is today. Inspired by experiences as a child growing up in an at-risk community, Marvin decided to become the change he wanted to see.
Active in his community, Mr. Lazenbury serves on the Mayor’s Police Advisory Commission, the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Planning Committee for the Annual Strengthening Families Philadelphia Summit. He is the founder of ProjectKiD, an organization dedicated to empowering young men and fathers to be their best selves understanding that strong individuals create strong families and strong families create communities. He has mentored hundreds of young men and women in North Philadelphia.
Mr. Lazenbury is currently the Re-Entry Program Manager for Philadelphia OIC -- one of the region's oldest and largest providers of job training and career development services. Prior to his role at Philadelphia OIC, he was the Director of Community Engagement for CUA 1 NET Community CARE (NCC), where he was tasked with the implementation of the Strengthening Families Framework and subsequent programming. He also helped to address the unique issues, concerns and needs of the youth and families in North and North Central Philadelphia.
Prior to becoming Director of Community Engagement at NET Community Care, he was the first Strengthening Families Coordinator in Philadelphia leading the charge to embed the Strengthening Families Protective Factor’s Framework into the practice of child welfare workers in Philadelphia under the Improving Outcomes for Children initiative. At NET Community CARE, he coproduced the film “Life After Care”, a documentary about Philadelphia’s new child welfare reform through the eyes of two young adults from Philadelphia’s foster care system.
Mr. Lazenbury earned his Bachelor's degree from Penn State University and his master's degree in Human Services with a concentration in non-profit administration from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Lazenbury is a devout father of two children, Jayden R Lazenbury (11) and Nia L. Lazenbury (6).