"The success of tomorrow lies in the youth of today." ~ Unknown
The first CEO, formerly Executive Director, and a co-founder of Teen HYPE, Ambra guides the development and execution of the youth development organization. As the leader behind HYPE's efforts to promote healthy development for teens, Ambra has worked in human services for more than 16 years, helping multiple populations in foster care, substance abuse, delinquency, HIV, women and children and youth-at-risk. Ambra holds a Master's and a Bachelor's in Social Work from Wayne State University. With a love for photography, Ambra looks forward to the day when she has time to read the instructions on how to use her camera.
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
With a deep commitment to supporting "young people everywhere," Franky is a co-founder and program director at Teen HYPE. Recognizing that teens need the support of parents, responsible adults, the community and the country "in order to be OK," Franky says a lot of work needs to be done to "ensure that all kids everywhere have the support they need to be productive citizens." But "all too often," she adds, "young people are overlooked as valuable resources in solving our nation's ills." With a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Franky has watched "so many young people blossom" at Teen HYPE. "It truly makes my heart sing to watch a young person discover their gifts and talents," she says.
"We only got a minute, only 60 seconds in it. Forced upon us, didn't choose it, up to us to use it. We only got a minute and eternity is in it." ~ Zeta Rho Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta
Callie's job "has no limitations." She does everything from organizing, preparing and facilitating peer educator events to HIV outreach and testing to teaching young people media production skills, and more! At 13, Callie became president of her church's youth department, a role she fulfilled until going away to college. Callie loves "coming to Teen HYPE because it's not work for me, it's actually a vacation. That's how much I look forward to seeing my Teen HYPE family and contributing to its growth." To the young people at HYPE, Callie is "more than a job title, I'm a friend, a big sister and even a role model." Callie studied Television and Digital Media Production at Ferris State University, where she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
"Failure is not a person, it is an event, and events can change." ~ Dr. Michael Carrera
Responsible for consistent engagement with the community, Ms. D. builds strong partnerships with parents, universities, the city of Detroit and other organizations to help advance the youth of Teen HYPE. While in college, Ms. D. saw a void in the general understanding of effective community relationships and the role young people play in these relationships. After returning to her native city of Detroit, she wanted to make a profound impact on community involvement and help change young lives. “Teen HYPE was the doorway to that opportunity,” she says. “Helping young people succeed starts with helping them to feel empowered. With the help of a strong support system of family, positive peers and community, I believe our young people can and will thrive.” Ms. D. designed her own Bachelor’s degree in Community Development and Organizational Studies at Miami University, Ohio, through Integrative Studies.