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The PREP Press

The official newsletter of the YES for PREP Community

A program of The YES Foundation ® Summer 2011

The Mission of YES for PREP is to increase the pool from which all major institutions draw leadership by developing the leadership potential of able young people from groups grossly underrepresented in that pool.

YES for PREP Welcomes Cohort VIII

As a result of our eighth annual Talent Search, seventeen future leaders earned membership into the YES for PREP community. These students come from eight different cities and twelve different schools, but they have four things in common: integrity, commitment, excellence, and courage. Welcome, Cohort VIII:

CALEB BRENT - Dunckel Middle School KHALIL CLARK - HFA: School for Creative Studies SASHA FREEMAN - University Prep Science & Math AREIL GRAY - George Washington Carver Academy ALEIA GRISSOM - Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse ALANNA HALL - Bates Academy RIFATH HUSSAIN - Burton International CAMILLE LITTLE - Dunckel Middle School JORDAN MEADOWS - HFA: School for Creative Studies KHYMAYA PERKINS - Smith Middle School JAMES PILLOT, IV - HFA: School for Creative Studies NOAH RUCKER - Foreign Language Immersion ANGELA SHI - Burton International ARIANNA SMITH - Michigan Math & Science Academy ALEXIS STOKES - East Middle School ADWOA TANDOH - Glenn W. Levey Middle School DANIELLE YOUNG - University Prep Science & Math

The YES Foundation® Recognized as a Difference Maker

As a graduate student at the University of Michigan--Dearborn, The YES Foundation's President/CEO, Julia Richie, was recently recognized by peers, faculty, and staff as a Difference Maker. Mrs. Richie was nominated as a Difference Maker by a fellow graduate student because of her contributions to the community through the initiatives of The YES Foundation. Mrs. Richie earned her Master of Public Administration degree from UM--Dearborn in May. Learn more about UM--Dearborn Difference Makers at

Cohort VII Students Set YES for PREP High School Placement Records

After nearly a year of balancing homework, workshops, placement tests, interviews, and school visits, the members of YES for PREP's Cohort VII finally learned the results of their hard work and determination when high school admission letters arrived this spring. Cohort VII received record financial offers from our partner schools. Four students accepted offers from our partner boarding schools, another record for YES for PREP. Congratulations, Cohort VII!

ASHLEI ANDERSON - Academy of the Sacred Heart SHADATH CHOWDHURY - University Liggett School JERMAINE JOHNSON, II - Notre Dame Preparatory School DARIC MCKINNEY - The Lawrenceville School DOMINIQUE MCQUITER - Academy of the Sacred Heart GENEVIEVE NARCISSE - Phillips Exeter Academy GLORIA ODOEMELAM - The Hotchkiss School JOANNE OGUNDIPE - The Roeper School KAMARIA WILSON - The Roeper School JASON YOUNG - Phillips Academy Andover

Community Beat

News and Notes from the YES for PREP Community

WILLINA CAIN (Cohort 3) traveled to Goldberg, Germany to attend the 2010 Model United Nations Conference in October. Willina and her classmates from The Roeper School were the only team from North America to join the group of 50 delegations from all over the world. RAVEN FISHER (Cohort 2) received the Heart of a Lion award from her cheerleading team because of her willingness to do anything for the team. A freshman at Kalamazoo College, Raven also works with Community Advocates for Parents and Students (CAPS), helping youth fulfill the Kalamazoo Promise. EVELYN GALVAN (Cohort 2) received the Delta Tau Lambda Sorority Lydia Cruz and Sandra Maria Ramos Scholarship for her essay on advocacy for immigrant rights and service to the community. As a freshman at the University of Michigan, Evelyn also won the title of Miss National from the American GI Forum, and was recruited to participate on the PILOT leadership team at her school.

Do you have something you want to announce to the YES for PREP Community? We want to hear from you! Please contact our office by phone or e - mail to share your exciting achievements with our community.

CARNISHA GILDER (Cohort 1) traveled to Ecuador in January as part of the Medical Brigade. Carnisha enters her third year at Cornell University this fall. AREIL GRAY (Cohort 8) participated in the 2011 Vex Robotics World Championship; her team earned special recognition by winning the Judges Award. ATIF HASHWI (Cohort 3) founded a club for pre-medical students at Detroit Country Day, and served as President of the school's Diversity Club. Atif appeared in his school's production of West Side Story, and made his big screen debut in the independent film Mooz-lum, written and directed by Qasim Basir. WENDELINE KELLARK (Cohort 3) made the Honor Roll at Renaissance High School and plans to study accounting at Saginaw Valley State in the fall. SILVER MOORE (Cohort 1) was elected President of the Black Student Alliance at Michigan State University. As President of the BSA, Silver will implement programs to support the needs of the black community on campus. KWABENA NUAMAH (Cohort 3) participated on the Detroit Country Day District Champion soccer team, and was a state qualifier in track. Kwabena also served as editor of the Detroit Country Day yearbook. TELISSE PORTIS (Cohort 4) earned the support of her peers and defeated 5 candidates to become Academy of the Sacred Heart's All School Representative. Beginning in the fall, Telisse's responsibilities will include leading student assemblies, working with class representatives, and representing the Upper School student body to the public and to school administration. AYA WALLER-BEY (Cohort 2) made the Dean's List at Georgetown University. In addition, Aya serves as a mentor with the Georgetown University Youth Scholars program. SYDNI WHITE (Cohort 6) published a commentary about airport security measures, Objective Security, in The Phillipian, Phillips Academy's student newspaper. To read Syndi's piece, visit

Community Beat, continued...

SHAUNTÉ WILCHER (Cohort 1) founded Project Exposure, an initiative to expose Detroit area middle school students to college through motivational speaking, Q & A sessions, and mentoring. In addition, Shaunté co-founded Ribbons, a cancer awareness club, and co-chaired the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at Howard University. Shaunté enters her third year at Howard University this fall.

Cohort II Alumna Joins Preparatory Component Staff

YES for PREP welcomes Evelyn Galvan to our staff as the new Head Teacher Assistant for the 2011 summer session. An alumna of Cohort II, Evelyn graduated from Detroit Country Day School in 2010; she currently attends the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Regarding her new role in the YES for PREP Community, Evelyn said, I am very excited to take on the position of head TA. YES for PREP has made me into the person I am today and gave me the tools and strength to work hard for my dreams. I am very happy to get the opportunity to work with the current students and to help them stay motivated and never doubt their potential. Undoubtedly, current students will benefit from spending the summer with someone who understands the demands of YES for PREP, and whose personal journey serves as an inspiration for the entire YES for PREP community.

Take advantage of Post - PREP opportunities! Become an alumni in good standing: send us your transcripts, update your profile, and keep us informed about your recent achievements. Post - PREP and Alumni students in good standing are eligible for internship and leadership opportunities.

YES for PREP Parents Join Board of Directors

The YES Foundation recently elected five new members to the Board of Directors, including two parents of YES for PREP Alumni. Camille Cain, Lead Trainer, City of Detroit Department of Elections, and Randa Hashwi, Community Health Advocate, Kiefer Health Center, first became affiliated with The YES Foundation as parents of Cohort III members Willina Cain (The Roeper School) and Atif Hashwi (Detroit Country Day), respectively. Mrs. Cain will oversee Post-PREP and Alumni affairs, while Mrs. Hashwi will oversee matters related to the Preparatory Component. They are joined by Larry Fobes, Director of the Institute for Organizational and Industrial Competitiveness at Wayne State University's School of Business Administration; Petra Hurt, CRNA, President of Advantage Anesthesia and former Clinical Coordinator of University of Detroit Mercy's Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesiology; and Deanna Lee Prost, Community Volunteer. The new Board members were elected by unanimous vote on Saturday, March 26, 2011 during the quarterly YES Foundation Board of Directors meeting in Bingham Farms.

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2011 Distinguished American Award

On Thursday, May 26th, The YES Foundation® Board of Directors, the YES for PREP community, local leaders, and representatives from local schools, businesses, and foundations gathered at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham to recognize 2011 Distinguished American Award recipient Mr. John A.

2011 Honoree John A. James (left) with Keynote Speaker and 2010 Distinguished American Walter E. Douglas (Photo Courtesy Bill Hansen)

James, CEO of James Group International. The Distinguished American Award shines a spotlight on individuals whose leadership serves as an inspiration for the future leaders of YES for PREP. Mr.

James received the award in honor of his dedication to family, community, education, and business. Fox 2 News Anchor Huel Perkins served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which featured Keynote Speaker and 2010 Distinguished American Walter E. Douglas, CEO of Avis Ford, and YES for PREP Alumnae Nailah Hall and Evelyn Galvan. Kevin Meade, Chairman of the Board of The YES Foundation®, presented the award to Mr. James. The event was sponsored by James Group International and co-hosted by Nathan Conyers, Walter Douglas, Joe Greene, and Michael Guthrie. The Honorary Committee included Governor Rick Snyder, U.S. Representative Hansen Clarke, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, and Mayor Dave Bing. Representatives from the following organizations were in attendance: American Axle Manufacturing; AO Underwriters; Avis Ford; Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan; Coleman A. Young Foundation; Comerica Bank; Dakkota Integrated Systems; Detroit Chassis; Detroit Public Television; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.; Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn; Lewis & Munday; Long Family Auto Center; The Skillman Foundation; and UHY Advisors. Support for the event was also provided by Mr. and Mrs. James Cleaver, Fifth Third Bank, Greektown Casino, Huntington Bank, MGM Grand Detroit, Pentastar Aviation, and SET Enterprises. Proceeds from the breakfast support the YES for PREP program.

Honoree John A. James with The YES Foundation Board Members Larry Fobs (left), Julia Richie, Alma Greer, Camille Cain, Petra Hurt, and Lee Prost (Photo Courtesy Bill Hansen)

YES for PREP Alumnus Aaron Roberson (middle) with Cohort VII members Jason Young (left) and Daric McKinney (Photo Courtesy Bill Hansen)

What YES for PREP Meant to Me

"It was an amazing experience because I went through a lot of struggles balancing school work, extracurricular activities, and completing high school level work at adolescent ages of 12 and 13. I feel as though all of the students, teachers, and administrators really helped me to get through it all. I'm glad that during our first summer in YES for PREP we were able to be with Cohort II because they served as wonderful mentors for us." "These varying experiences and the sense of community that YES for PREP offered me was the start of me realizing what was really important to me. Academy of the Sacred Heart turned out to be the perfect fit for me because I was able to grow academically, socially, and even spiritually through service, project term, and retreats. However, I wouldn't have known about this school had it not been for YES for PREP." --Nailah Hall, YES for PREP Cohort III Alumna; Academy of the Sacred Heart class of 2011; Freshman, John Carroll University (Fall 2011) "YES for PREP has meant everything to me. It is what structured and prepared me at a very young age and gave me the perseverance and courage to never give up." "Never did I imagine that I would graduate from a school like Detroit Country Day, or that I would be at one of the best universities in the country, the University of Michigan. In seventh grade, I got the opportunity to enroll in YES for PREP and it was the turning point of my life. Not only did it prepare me academically for schools like Country Day, but it taught me how to reach out to the numerous opportunities available. I want to thank YES for PREP for giving me the tools and strength to be here. YES for PREP is truly a community and a family." --Evelyn Galvan, YES for PREP Cohort II Alumna; Detroit Country Day Class of 2010; Sophomore, University of Michigan (Fall 2011)

YES for PREP Alumnae and featured speakers Nailah Hall (left) and Evelyn Galvan (Photo Courtesy Bill Hansen)

YES Foundation Board Member Randa Hashwi with her son, YES for PREP Alumnus Atif Hashwi (Photo Courtesy Bill Hansen)

Distinguished American John A. James with President/CEO Julia Richie, MPA (Photo Courtesy Bill Hansen)

Master of Ceremonies Huel Perkins, WJBK Fox 2 (Photo Courtesy Bill Hansen)

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Thank You to our Supporters

(January 1, 2010 ­ April 30, 2011)

YES Partners ($20,000 & above) Ford Motor Company Julia & Roy Richie YES Platinum Sponsors ($5000 - $19,999) Detroit Free Press Charities DTE Energy Alma Greer Mary Anne Homann Frederick Vollbrecht Foundation

YES Silver Sponsors ($1500 - $2499) BLAC Magazine Chris & Don Bogojevich Cornish Family Foundation Walter Douglas Ann Wettlaufer Patricia Ryder Williams Roy Levy Williams YES Pacesetters ($500 - $1499) AAA Michigan AO Underwriters Charles Allen Joe Anderson Darrell Burks Mygene L. Carr Comerica Bank Dealers Resources, Inc. Laurie & Thomas Cunnington Fifth Third Bank Sharon & John James Mada Mallebay-Vacqueur David Meadows Lois & Eddie Munson Jacque Nickerson Glenda Price Shirley & Jack Rady SET Enterprises Judith & Howard Simms Betsy & Roger Strother Elaine Thomas UHY Advisors YES Supporters ($100 -$499) Lynette & Kedrick Adkins Dan Alpert Bartech Group Jennie & Chris Berlin Tony Brown Donald Coleman Jo Coleman Julius V. & Alice G. Combs Fnd. Diana & Nathan Conyers Deborah & Wilson Copeland Delores Cotton Janet Crawford Cruser & Mitchell, LLP Tarik Daoud Detroit Auto Dealers Association Detroit Chassis Lynn Diedrich Sarah & Thomas Diggs Faye Parker Dixon Lindy Donegan & Dean MacMillan Becky Elliott Erb Family Foundation Ford Dealer Advertising Delilah T. Gomes Julius Giarmarco Christine & William Green Algea Harrison Hale Mary Hammons Abrahim Hashwi Shirley Jackson Jamjomar Chacona & Arthur Johnson Jerry Jorgensen Emery King Kroger Community Rewards Lawrence Technological University Marcus Lee Lemberg & Partrich Lisa and David Lewis Irving Lewis Amyre Makupson Missy & Thomas Mark Jack Martin MCOD Scholarship Fund Kevin Meade Janice & James Mies Jacqueline Morrison Cheryl & Reuben Munday Lois & Eddie Munson Larry Nahigian Glenn Oliver Deana & Rex Nelson Paramount Bank Rhoda Paull Priscilla & Huel Perkins William Pickard Brooke & Darcy Richie Leroy D. Richie Roy Roberts Mary Ryan Taras

YES Gold Sponsors ($2500 - $4999) Avis Ford Bank of America Dow Chemical General Motors Foundation Henry Ford Health Systems Bonnie & Albert Koch Golda Krolik Philanthropic Funds Oakland University Skillman Matching Contribution SPX Foundation

Cherry & Phillip Saunders Helen & Nathan Simms Lenora & Walter Stanfield Christella Stewart Donald Sutton & Hyacinth Reynolds Martin Taylor Phyllis & Robert Tera Sandra Thomas Eric Townsend Shirley Townsend U.N.C.F. Lois & Gail Warden Betty & Patrick Warner Wayne State University Richard T. White Coleman A Young School Carla & Michael Young YES Friends (up to $99) Mardella Alexander Fannie Andrews Lisa & Gerald Anderson Daniel Angel Trish Ashburn Mattie Beckham Alesa Carr Shirazul Chowdhury Ernestine Coleman Cora Collins Comerica Cash & Care program Tamela Craig Ron DiCicco Kathleen & Robert Downs Carolyn Drake Joann Drake-Gambrell LaJoyce Eberhardt Ann Federici Tanya Fredricks Eula George Theresa Gonzales Jacqueline Green Elaine Gregory Marcia Griffin Lanita Haith-Williams Alycia Hall Gloria Hardy Virginia Hathorne Ronald Hewitt Blendia Hubbard Willa Johnson Carnell Jones L.M. Jones Constance Joseph Gloria Lamb Janice Liddell Deborah King Diane T. McGeeney Jessica Malcho Patricia Millender Laura Moody Joseph Moynihan Willie Nicholson Eva Packard Priscilla Phifer Hunter Pickens Janiece Powell Gwendolyn Powell Julia Richardson-Pate Carol Reschke Paige & Greg Ritter Judith Scneider Roeper Lower School Students Barbara Stephens Letha Ann Steward Barbara Talley Sam Tarkington Cynthia Thomas Theresa Tubek Lorraine Tyler Muriel Joseph Vaughn Melissa Watkins Karen Williams Arlene Young In-Kind Contributors Borders Birmingham Patrons Collins, Buri & McConkey Microsoft Corporation NAI Farbman University of Michigan Dearborn Contributions in Honor of: Eddie & Brooke Richie Babbage Malikhi Gee Nigel Gee Marcus Stone Elaine Thomas

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