S. Archye Leacock

Founder/Executive Director IDAAY
Brief info

In 1991, interrupting one highly successful career to commence another, S. Archye Leacock, with an associate, founded Institute for the Development of African-American Youth, Inc. (IDAAY). In the beginning there was little more than a discussion group for adolescents hanging out on the North Philadelphia campus of Temple University. Within a few months, a bare dozen became hundreds. Archye became a full-time director and has never looked back.

Since coming to the United States in 1972 from Trinidad, Archye has earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Temple University (in addition to BA and MA degrees in Music, his first calling) and is working on a PhD in Political Science. Archye has taught at the University of the Arts and Temple University, as well as presented at professional and academic conferences throughout the U.S. He has been the Director of three large, cutting-edge non-profits, dramatically expanding each organization, and has been an effective fundraiser in support of his projects.