Robert D. Counts has been with the organization since 2012 and the President of Youth Development Commission since 2016. 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. Pervious 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 from Grand Valley State University.
To contact Mr. Counts directly, please call (313) 963-8916 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
Rainy Hamilton, Jr., Chair – Hamilton Anderson Associates
Dr. Robert O. Dulin, Jr., Vice Chair – Church of God in Michigan
Deborah Brouwer, Secretary – Nemeth Law, P.C.
Sharron Rose, Treasurer – Museum of African American History
Samuel Abrams – Detroit Tigers Foundation
Judge Ruth C. Carter – 36th District Court
Carrie J. Clark – Henry Ford Health Systems
Howard Davis – Lawrence Technological University
Sharon Franklin Jackson – Michigan Technical Academy
Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp – Linked Learning Detroit
Kimberly Hoyle – Hamilton Anderson Associates
Shannon Smith – JP Morgan Chase
Executive Leadership Team
Director of 21st Century Allstars – After School Program
Director of Finance
Chief Development Officer
AmeriCorps Program Director
School Engagement Coordinator