ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN–DETROIT
Our Values

Our values guide us to achieve our mission. Each value applies not only to our youth, Friends, and program teams, but also applies to all Friends of the Children employees, volunteers, and partners. We use our values to make informed decisions; to hire, coach, and manage; and most importantly, we use our values to change the way the world treats and views our most vulnerable youth.

Put Children First

We intentionally serve youth who are facing the greatest obstacles. To help our youth discover their limitless potential, we foster their internal resiliency. We listen to our youth and base decisions on each youth’s needs and dreams. We prioritize self-care so that we bring our best selves to our work and focus on our youth.

Build Relationships on Love

We nurture long-term relationships from a foundation of love, acceptance, and culturally-informed practice. We don’t give up easily, and take a no matter what approach to our work. We commit for the long-term. We intentionally develop collaborative relationships over time with trust, empathy, and healthy communication. We believe that we build community through one-on-one connections that are authentic, respectful, and meaningful.

Commit to Empowerment

We leverage personal strengths to take ownership of our futures. We build relationships within the communities of our youth and families to strengthen social networks and provide bridges to new opportunities. We consistently inspire possibility through empathy, hard work, and fun. We model all of this for our youth, families and each other.

Pursue Goals Relentlessly

We celebrate all achievements, big and small. We are disciplined in our commitment to goals, while innovative in how we reach them. We believe that the definition of success requires intentional reflection and adjustment over time. We work together and hold ourselves accountable with data to achieve short and long-term outcomes.

Demand Equity

We acknowledge the historical and present injustices impacting marginalized communities. We demand equity from ourselves and from our community. We insist that all people have the necessary support to achieve all of their hopes and dreams. We amplify the voices of our children, families, and communities. We bring together different experiences, skills, and backgrounds to provide opportunities to overcome personal, systemic, and institutional barriers.

STAFF

Nicole McKinney

Executive Director

Letitia Williams

Program Director

Alease Johnson

Operations Manager

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Harry Cohen

Chair

Retired

Connie Fontaine

Vice-Chair

Retired, Ford Motor Company

Teresa St. Andre

Secretary

Community Volunteer

James G. Weaks, MBA

Treasurer

Retired, Ford Motor Company

Harry Wilson

Senior Consultant, National University

Eric Gabrielson

National Expansion Officer, Friends of the Children

Laura Hughes

Senior Director, Technical Assistance Unit, Casey Family Programs

Yolanda Lyles-Johnson

Program Manager, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

EMPLOYMENT

Friends of the Children is committed to the communities we serve, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.

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