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Robert D. Counts has been with the organization since 2012 and the President of Youth Development Commission since 2016.RobertCounts-AP-1 (1)  Robert Counts has over 21  years nonprofit leadership experience in areas of youth and family development, school engagement, community partnerships, and community education. Over the years, Robert has successfully developed and implemented in-school and after-school intervention programs and worked in partnership with a number of youth serving organizations with the consistent goal of increasing opportunity, building capacity and fostering growth.

He has served in numerous capacities while employed at Youth Development Commission as Youth Advocate, Job/Worksite Developer, Youth Services Manager and Program Director. Previous experience include Regional Director of 1 to 1 Tutor Michigan, Director of Education of Vanguard Community Development Corporation, Director of Training of Hunger Action Coalition of Michigan, Team Leader of Ford Motor Company and currently President of the Youth Development Commission. Surprisingly, Robert is back in the same space where he “cut his teeth” in nonprofit youth development in 1994 at the Grand Rapids Urban League as a Youth Employment Specialist.

Mr. Counts completed his  Masters in Educational Leadership at University of Michigan (2001). He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management with a Math Minor.

To contact Mr. Counts directly, please call (313) 963-8916 or email



Executive Leadership Team


Robert Counts

Robert Counts



Patricia- Bridges

Patricia Bridges

Director of 21st Century Allstars – After School Program


Al Hamilton

Director of Finance


Anthony McDonald

Anthony Stafford McDonald

Chief Development Officer



 Americorps Members/Leadership


Kaye Sutherland

AmeriCorps Program Director


William Paris

School Engagement Coordinator


Teachia Turrentine

Ashley Woolen

Nobie Dawsey

Chelsea Dial

Kyera Hampton

Tabitha Holowka

Marquise Hughey

Sanihya Butler

James Gibson II

Tiara Mills

Kala Minor

Mar’Chon Westley

Marico Brown

Candice Pickens

Isaiah Myles

John McDonald


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