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"To me the Coleman A. Young Foundation means opportunity and hope. Without the CAYF, I would not have been able to complete my college education without taking out an enormous amount of student loans. As a ward of the court, statistics did not way in my favor. CAYF was the only thing I had. Not only did the Foundation pay for my college education, it supported throughout my college years by celebrating my accomplishments and pairing me with my mentor, David Baker Lewis. Mr. Lewis always answered when I called and gave me honest advice. I have followed the Foundation's progress over the years and I am proud to be an alumna of such a diverse group of people and knowing that we all came from the same place makes it that much more of an honor." - Michelle Diana Busby, Michigan State University, 1993
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
95 Years. A Salute to the Late Coleman Alexander Young : Foundation Wide
posted August 22, 2013 at 7:00pm
Commemorate & Celebrate Coleman A. Young's Legacy By Supporting Tomorrow's Leaders Today...
2013 Coleman A. Young Foundation - Annual Awards Program : Foundation Wide
posted April 30, 2013 at 11:22am
CELEBRATING 31 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE
2013 -The Skillman Foundation Promising Youth Legacy Awardees : Foundation Wide
posted April 23, 2013 at 8:33am
10 Promising Youth were chosen to receive up to $10,000 for post-secondary education.
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