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Reverend Leon Kelly Jr.- Executive Director of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives

Reverend Kelly Jr.  and his program have been recognized by government officials such as:

  • Former Governors Roy Romer, Bill Owens, and Bill Ritter
  • Governor John Hickenlooper
  • Former Mayors Frederico Pena, Wellington Webb, and John Hickenlooper (current Colorado Governor)
  • Mayor Michael Hancock (current Denver Mayor)
  • Former Senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Tim Wirth
  • Former Denver District Attorney, Norm Early
  • Denver District Attorney, Mitch Morrissey
  • Denver City Council members, past and present
  • Aurora Mayor Ed Tauer
  • Denver and Aurora School Superintendents -Denver Manager of Safety -Local Chiefs of Police
  • 2017 Superintendent’s Civic Award presented 5/22/2017 by the Jurisdiction of Colorado Church Of God and Christ Agape District)
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Service Denver Institute of Urban Studies and Adult College
  • Board of Directors-
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Reverend Leon Kelly Jr. BIO

Reverend Leon Kelly Jr., serves as the Executive Director of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, the oldest anti-gang program based in the Denver Metropolitan Area. He has been a member of the California Gang Investigator’s Association for over 25 years, and has developed a program in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Corrections called “Flippin’ the Script”. In 1979 he served prison time for drug-related charges at the Colorado State Penitentiary and received a full and unconditional Pardon from Governor Bill Ritter in 2010. Reverend Kelly is the first and foremost name sought out and associated with gang activity and intervention in the Denver area. He provides gang education to schools, other non-profit agencies, law enforcement, and civic groups on how to suppress gang-related violence and recruitment on the streets of our communities in Colorado. He has acquired his educational degrees from the University Of Colorado, Colorado Christian College, Family Bible Institute, and the Denver Urban Institute. He continues to serve as a positive, influential leader and role model to at-risk youth in our communities.