LET(s)Lead Academy Learning Collaborative

Publication Date: Jan 27, 2020


The Lived Experience Transformational LEADership Academy



Emerging Leaders...Come Rise Together

We invite all people in New England with lived experience of recovery, who are making changes in their community and who are committed to transformational social change.


The Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) LET(s)Lead Academy is partnering with the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (New England MHTTC) to offer its next academy to people in New England.


For LET(s)Lead New England, we are seeking 12 emerging leaders with lived experience of recovery (2 people from each of the 6 New England states).


September 2020 - April 2021
Chyrell Bellamy, MSW, PhD.,
Director of LET(s)Lead Academy
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University


The Lived Experience Transformational Leadership Academy—LET(s)Lead is an experiential learning leadership academy offered virtually. This means that you can Zoom into class right from your home, office or wherever you are. Our goal is to advance lived experience leadership across New England. The course is facilitated by a diverse team of national and international faculty and mentors, most of whom identify as people with lived/learned expertise.


Project Components

I) Weekly Seminar. The course consists of a 2-hour weekly seminar over 10 weeks. The course content includes topics such as developing a personal vision, transformational change, appreciative inquiry and leadership strategy, and change management.


II) Project Development. 5-6 months. Fellows are matched for mentorship with a national or international community, lived experience, and/or sector leader, based on interest area.


Required Online Class Time

Phase 1: Virtual Class

Every Thursday, 1-3 p.m., September 3, 2020 - November 5, 2020


Phase 2: Monthly Virtual Class

First Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., December 3, 2020 - April 1, 2021.


Upon successful completion of both phases plus independent projects, participants will receive a certificate of completion from Yale PRCH.


Participants (Fellows) will need to dedicate approximately 6 hours per week during Phase 1, consisting of two-hour seminars and approximately four hours of homework between classes. Phase 2, includes 6 months of project work, monthly meetings, and 1-2 monthly mentoring sessions between Fellows and their mentors.


Interested in Learning More?

More Information about LET(s)Lead Academy


The Academy is still accepting applications for New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If you are an emerging leader from one of these states, please complete our application and submit to maria.restrepo-toro@yale.edu by April 30, 2020. Share this flyer with anyone interested. 


Questions? Please contact:

Maria E. Restrepo-Toro, BNS, MS
Project Manager, New England MHHTC