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Building Blocks program pays teens to cleanup Detroit

as appeared in the Detroit News on April 7, 2015 Like many 16-year-olds, Antoine Williams is looking forward to his first job. And by joining...

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Coaching for College Initiative Unveiled to Promote Academic and Athletic Achievement / quote

coverage by Detroit Public Schools

DETROIT – Youth Development Commission, along with partners Detroit Public Schools, Education Achievement Authority, Detroit PAL, GradeCheck, Wayne State University VAC Training Program, Maximum Output Track Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, local coaches, as well as former college and retired professional athletes, announced a collaborative relationship to develop student athletes in Detroit and help them prepare for the next level through the Coaching for College initiative.

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Coaching for College in Detroit / video

Coverage by WDIV Local 4 News, reporter Will Jones.

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Coaching for College Launched Today! / quote

coverage by Detroit PAL

Youth Development Commission, along with partners at Detroit Public Schools, Education Achievement Authority, GradeCheck, Detroit PAL, Wayne State University VAC Training Program, Maximum Output Track Club, local coaches and other noted retired professional athletes and community groups launched Coaching for College, an initiative to improve citizenship, college readiness and NCAA eligibility of scholar athletes in the city of Detroit.

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Donna Givens Guest on Detroit Wants 2 Know with Steve Hood / video

Donna Givens was a guest on Detroit Wants 2 Know with Steve Hood as she discussed a wide range of topics including education, Ferguson, jobs and a range of other issues.

Donna Givens Guest on Fox 2 Detroit’s Let It Rip with Huel Perkins / video

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Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents Program Makes Giving Personal / quote

Rite Aid Foundation Awards More than $2 Million in Grants to Inaugural Class of 2014

CAMP HILL, Pa., Sep 15, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Rite Aid Foundation is taking charitable giving to the next level by letting customers choose the charity they want to support through KidCents, Rite Aid’s in-store, round up program that supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children. Beginning today, members of the company’s wellness+ program will now have the ability to designate their change to one of the 204 approved KidCents charities on www.kidcents.com.

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Real Women Real Issues – Back to School Edition / video

Donna Givens Williams, President of Youth Development Commission, was interviewed by Ardelle of Real Women Real Issues as she talked about the achievement gap facing African American students.

Summer Job Opportunities from the Detroit Youth Development Commission / quote

The Youth Development Commission, a Detroit based Non-Profit organization which provides various services to Detroit children, youth and their families has summer job opportunities available. Eligible candidates are low income youth ages 14-21, residing in the city of Detroit, and having at least one of the following predetermined barriers to employment: Deficient in basic literacy skills; a school dropout; a homeless, runaway or foster child; pregnant or a parent; an offender; a youth with a disability.

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City Kids: Building Networks for Success / quote

The kids in the classroom are enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program administered at Denby High by Youth Employment Solutions (Y.E.S.), the Detroit Youth Development Commission‘s (YDC) employment program for young people ages 14 to 21. Sanders and Cooper are YDC employees tasked with teaching kids at Denby skills that will serve them throughout their future careers.

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