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"I have been driven to work in any capacity that would help to solve serious social ills. Furthering my education has always been the foundation on which I've based my plan to accomplish this goal. Education is freedom and in all of its forms, not just academia, it is very important to me. Because of the CAYF, during and after college, I have been free to focus on my studies and volunteer my free time instead of taking a job. I have been a tutor, served as a cheer coach, and worked with abused and neglected children among other civic engagements. This is so important to me because I have been so blessed to have so many wonderful people, CAYF included, to take an interest in my self-development and my education. It has been only through the grace of GOD and my focus that I have not been a victim to environmental circumstances that were out of my control. I plan to one day give back to the Foundation more than I have received." - Russella Davis, Howard University, 2003
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
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.
Skillman Legacy Scholarship Application : Foundation Wide
posted February 4, 2013 at 10:22am
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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