Larry D. Edwards, LMSW


Larry is the Founder and Chief Executive Director of Edwards Mentoring & Social Services – a Professional Limited Liability Company dedicated to the optimal social functioning of children, youth and families.  Larry possess nearly 20 years of professional social work experience, training and education.  He is the former Director of New York City’s premiere fathering program, Forestdale Fathering Initiative, where his professional service delivery positively impacted approximately 250 families annually.


Larry has also served as a guest speaker and panelist on both the local and national stages, covering such topics as Responsible Fatherhood, Domestic Violence, and Developmental Disabilities, to name a few.  His community service includes serving on Nonprofits Boards, within Parent Associations, on Community Based Committees, as a Law Guardian, a Mentor and a Commissioned Notary.  A sample of his professional work can be viewed in the Pureland Pictures documentary “Daddy Don’t Go” – An Emily Abt film with Co-Executive Producers, Malik Yoba and Omar Epps.   Larry achieved his Master of Social Work Degree from Hunter College.



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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