Lem LaRoche

Lemuel LaRoche

Author, Activist, Speaker

Lemuel “Life” LaRoche is the founder and executive director of Chess and Community Conference, Inc., a nonprofit youth empowerment organization dedicated to developing young leaders and critical thinkers in Athens, Georgia, and surrounding counties. He fuses chess with conventional therapeutic methods to curb impulsive behavior among youth with delinquent pasts. 

LaRoche has over 15 years of experience in adolescent and community development and brings a fresh, innovative approach to his work. He is the subject of Life the Griot (2014), a documentary highlighting his work and accomplishments.