R. Leslie Nichols, MSSA, CPP
Expert Consultant – Child and Youth Protection in Organizations
Les Nichols is a specialist in child protection programs within youth-serving organizations and out-of-school time programs. For 22 years, he served as the lead youth safety and facility expert for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), one of the nation’s largest, facility-based youth-serving organizations. BGCA serves approximately four million youth at 4,000 sites in all 50 states and on overseas military bases, college campuses, Native American lands, camps, public housing, recreation facilities, community centers, churches and schools.
His expertise includes evaluating and developing programs to prevent harm to youth from sexual abuse, bullying, abduction, drowning, vehicles, the misuse of technology, street crime and other intentional and accidental injuries. He has written, lectured and consulted on developing effective policies, screening, training, supervision, governance, internal reporting, facility design and maintenance, hazard mitigation and emergency response planning. He has conducted thousands of safety consultations and facility evaluations for organizations across the United States, as well as in Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Nichols is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through ASIS International and has a masters degree in Security Administration. He holds graduate certificates in Enterprise Risk Management and Emergency Response Planning, has been educated in terrorism and homeland security issues at the graduate level and is a certified trainer in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. He is experienced in applying established crime prevention methods, such as: Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), the Situational Prevention Approach, threat-vulnerability-asset analysis and target hardening. This broad background supports his ability to integrate the administrative, operational and physical modification strategies that are necessary to protect young people in today’s world.