Meet the Team
"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.
Franky HudsonChief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
"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.
Joy BostManager, In School Programs
Manager, In School Programs
"Keep your head up high and go for what you know. And when you don't know, don't be afraid to ask! " ~ Unknown
The coordinator for Loving Our Lives, Joy came to HYPE after learning that the staff is "just as passionate" as she when helping the youth. "If there is a kid in need, usually I am not far behind," she says. Joy's passion is helping the youth make positive choices toward safe and healthy lifestyles. If young people make mistakes, Joy encourages them to "get up, dust themselves off, try again, and keep trying. Never giving up!" She feels particularly rewarded when overhearing young people share something she said in the past "while trying to reach them" and "using her very same words." She says, "It makes all the sacrificing worth it."
Callie BrantleyYouth Specialist
"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.
Terryn HallManager of Strategic Partnerships
Manager of Strategic Partnerships
Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Terryn attended Hampton University and Carnegie Mellon University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in public relations and master’s degree in arts management. Prior to becoming a Fellow, Terryn worked in various capacity-building roles within multiple sectors. She was in charge of fundraising for arts organizations, led a team as a management consultant, and most recently served as a digital strategist for a health care organization. One of the professional opportunities that she is most proud of is working with the White House on youth health care programming. Terryn enjoys podcasting and blogging because it allows her to tap into her love of public speaking and dialogue. Most Sundays she can be found at church or at brunch.
Joy HuntOutreach Worker
"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." ~ Andy McIntyre and Derek Bok
For Joy, it was a "dream come true" when she came to HYPE. As the Real Talk outreach coordinator, she could combine non-profit work with HIV prevention—both concepts that "impressed and intrigued her." Calling the birth of her son "the greatest life experience that put her on the course to Teen HYPE," Joy's former life was that of banker, moving up the corporate ladder. "I went from talking about investments to talking about ways to improve the Detroit school system almost overnight," she says. At HYPE, Joy knows she's making a difference when she educates teens about how to protect themselves from HIV and they say, "I never knew that." Certified in HIV testing and counseling, Joy hold a Bachelor's Criminal Justice and is pursuing a second Bachelor's in Secondary Education toward a doctoral program.
Dorothy SmithSenior Manager, Strategic Partnerships
Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships
"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.