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"I owe much of my success to the CAYF. The Foundation helped me pursue my dreams of higher education. I take great pride in being a product of Mayor Coleman Young's greatest legacy. I feel very blessed to have been chosen to help live out his dream." - James Lewis, Eastern Michigan University, 1994
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
97 Years. A Salute to the Late Coleman Alexander Young : Foundation Wide
posted September 2, 2015 at 5:01pm
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
REAL Skills 2.0 Applications Currently Being Accepted : Foundation Wide
posted September 2, 2015 at 4:59pm
Location: Don Bosco Hall, 19321 W. Chicago,...
2015 Coleman A. Young Foundation Detroit Educator of the Year Application Due March 20, 2015 : Foundation Wide
posted March 16, 2015 at 10:00am
Applications must be postmarked by March 20, 2015 or delivered by hand to 2111 Woodward Avenue, Suite 500, Detroit, MI 48201