Larry D. Edwards, LMSW


As the Founder and Executive Director of Edwards Mentoring and Social Services, Larry Edwards provides professional, culturally competent Counseling, Mentoring and related Social Services to Children, Youth and Families. He is a candidate for Clinical Licensing with over 21 years of Social Work and related experience, He prides himself on having provide professional services to more than 500 clients since establishing his practice in April 2015.


Prior to establishing Edwards Mentoring and Social Services, Larry served as the Program Director of Forestdale Fathering Initiative. Aside from his career responsibilities, Larry has served as Chairperson of the Delegate Agency Parent Committee for the former Human Resource Head-Start Program in St. Albans, New York; President of the Parent Teacher Association and Member of the School Leadership Team at PS/IS 268Q in Jamaica, New York. In his native South Carolina, Larry served as a Law Guardian and Mentor for vulnerable and at-risk children. Additionally, he was a commissioned South Carolina Notary for 10 years. His current community involvement includes active membership with the Coalition Working with Abusive Partners (COWAP) and The Wellness Initiative Committee of Jamaica Community Partnership. As a sought-after speaker and panelist, covering such topics as Responsible Fatherhood, Domestic Violence Counseling, Batterer’s Intervention & Accountability Counseling, Black Male Trauma, Responsible Parenting, Abusive Behavior Management, and Positively Parenting Children with Developmental Disabilities, Larry also serves as a Consultant for a number of community partner organizations, as well as provided academic supervision for Human and Social Services interns.


Larry holds a Diploma in Paralegal Studies, a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. He has been recognized for his outstanding service on behalf of Individuals with Disabilities, as well as for serving as a Site Supervisor for a Graduate Counseling Program. He is a member in The International Association of HealthCare Professionals, qualifying for inclusion in the 2018 Edition of the Worldwide Leaders In HealthCare. He was a contributor to Seeding Generations-a major New York City Research and Publication regarding new strategies towards services for people who abuse. He is the recipient of the 2017 Professional Award presented by The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club – Laurelton, NY Club, the 2017 New York State 29th District Certificate of Merit presented by Assembly Woman Alicia L Hyndman, the 2017 New York State Senate 14th District Certificate of Recognition presented by Senator Leroy Comrie, and the Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of valuable contributions to the 7th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service Celebration presented by Queens Community PTAS. He is a 2014 recipient of the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation’s Spirit Award and has been a featured guest on The Devon Bandison Company’s Fatherhood is Leadership Podcast. Additionally, Larry’s professional work with fathers is featured in the award winning Pureland Pictures documentary, Daddy Don’t Go – An Emily Abt film with Co-Executive Producers Malik Yoba and Omar Epps.


Larry is a Native of Bluffton, South Carolina and currently resides in the Springfield Gardens section of Queens, NY with his wife of nearly 18 years, Laura Edwards and their three teenage sons: Joshua (17), Jeremiah (17) and John (15).



Laura Pettiford-Edwards, M.S.Ed.


Laura is the Associate Executive Director of Edwards Mentoring & Social Services.  She is also an Assistant Principal with the New York City Department of Education, where she has provided nearly 26 years of Professional services.  As a veteran Educator, Laura began her career as a Special Education Teacher, then a Mentor to new teachers, and a Dean to Students.  Her professional service earned her a City Council Citation, presented to her in June 2015 by the Council of the City of New York.


Laura has operated a Summer Tutoring Program for youth experiencing challenges in ELA, Math and Science.  She has also served as a Judge for dance competitions hosted by the NAACP Long Island Chapter.  Additionally, she has served on School Leadership Teams and Parent Teacher Associations.   Laura achieved her Master of Science in Education from Queens College and her Advanced Certification in Educational Supervision and Administration from Hunter College.



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