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"The CAYF is an extended family that works to develop a well rounded student into a professional working adult. They not only provide funding to assist those who may not have the means to go to college, but they stay in touch with you and connect with you during school and even after you graduate. They provide a plethora of programs to keep you grounded before you go to college like preparation courses in college algebra and college skills for success. During the college years, they have events and networking sessions to prepare you for life after college and they assist you with internships and summer programs. After you graduate, they encourage you to come and give back to future CAYF scholars by mentoring, shadowing, assisting with summer internships, teaching or being a part of the scholar selection process just to name a few. The CAYF has helped me by providing opportunities for me to give back. One of the key measurables that stood in my head when I won the scholarship was that they were committed to young people and that you should always give back. I do my best to give back by supporting CAYF events, tutoring, being a part of the scholar selection process and just being a role model to the many scholars. The CAYF was a group that believed in me even when I doubted … they kept praying for me until I completed my degree(s). They helped me in immeasurable ways to pursue my goals and now I am walking in my season because of their great investment in me!" - Elois Burnett-Thomas, University of Detroit Mercy, 2000
Coleman A. Young Foundation
Coleman A. Young was the Mayor of Detroit for two decades. He established the Coleman A. Young Foundation (CAYF) in 1982. The Mayor left office in 1993. He died four years later. CAYF is a living legacy of the late Mayor's lifetime of work. All of the assets that he earned were left to the Foundation to provide opportunities for future generations in the city that was his life.
Since 1986, the Foundation has awarded more than four million dollars to more than four hundred students.
The mission of CAYF is to develop leadership among youth through college scholarships, mentoring and other supports for personal growth and development.
Latest CAYF News
SAVE THE DATE: 2014 Coleman A. Young Foundation Annual Awards Experience : Foundation Wide
posted March 21, 2014 at 3:00pm
SAVE THE DATE: 2014 Coleman A. Young Foundation Annual Awards Experience
2014 Coleman A. Young Foundation Scholarship Application Extended to March 12, 2014 : Foundation Wide
posted March 6, 2014 at 9:00pm
Coleman A. Young Foundation has extended the deadline for DAPCEP participants who are applying for the DTE Foundation scholarship to March 12, 2014! Applications must be postmarked by this date, or delivered by hand to 2111 Woodward Avenue, Suite 600, Det
Skillman Legacy Scholarship Application : Foundation Wide
posted January 31, 2014 at 1:00am
The Skillman Foundation, in partnership with the Coleman A. Young Foundation, will award 10 scholarships up to $10,OOO each to 10 promising Detroit youth.
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