Erica V. Mosca
Founder & Executive Director
Harvard Ed.M. UNLV M.Ed. & Boston University B.S.
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Erica Mosca is a proud first-generation college graduate and social justice advocate. Part of the college access non-profit 10,000 Degrees in high school and serving as a fifth grade teacher with Teach For America, Las Vegas Valley, Mosca experienced educational inequity in both her personal and professional life. “I am dedicated to empowering change from the community, for the community to ensure students can play the game to change the game of systemic inequity and oppression. The opportunity to attain a college education is the foundation for underrepresented students to become leaders in their own communities.” Mosca graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University (College of General Studies/College of Communication) in 2008 and has an M.Ed. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2010) and an Ed.M. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (2011) when she also was part of the Education Pioneers 2011 Boston Cohort. She founded Leaders in Training in August 2012 at 26 and starts her sixth year as Executive Director during the 2017-2018 school year.




Daniel Leyva
Program Manager
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A family man and long-time resident of Las Vegas, Daniel spent all but two years of his school years attending Clark County schools. He saw first-hand how a promising student can fall through the cracks. After graduating in 2008, he spent years working labor jobs until eventually settling into the trades where he learned HVAC from the bottom up toiling in stifling attics and on sunbaked rooftops. Deciding he needed a change, Leyva turned down a well-paying position to enter the insurance world. Again, he found success, but still felt like he was squandering the same potential he showed in high school. “I realized my gift was helping people reach their potential and I decided to dedicate my life doing just that. I vividly remember all the mistakes I made in my high school years. I’m aware of just how valuable my experience is. My wish is to be able to share that experience and do my part to make sure the young people around me get their chance to shine and I know the best way to do that is to be an education advocate.




Nestor Sanchez
Program Coordinator
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Nestor Sanchez was born and raised in Las Vegas and a first-generation college student. He attended Goldfarb Elementary School (Charleston Center) since the first grade and then attended Harney Middle School and graduated from East Career & Technical Academy in 2016. Nestor is a sophomore at UNLV studying journalism and media. Nestor is an LIT Cohort 1 member who works at LIT part-time in order to empower his younger peers and inspire them to succeed through his example.