Ambra Redrick has the keen ability to plow through anyone or anything that stands in the way of serving youth. Not only does she guide the development and execution of Teen HYPE, she built it from ground up amidst the challenges of meager financial and human resources. Under her leadership, the organization soon began to prosper.
Ambra’s life-long quest to better the human condition has driven her to care for multiple populations in foster care, substance abuse, delinquency, HIV, women and children and youth-at-risk. She has leveraged over 17 years’ of experience in human services to recruit and govern a sharp as steel Board of Directors, and assemble a staff of dedicated Servant Leaders.
Educated with Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Social Work from Wayne State University, she knows that true knowledge begins when we open our hearts and cast our visions to bless the lives of others.
In the Teen HYPE Universe, Franky Hudson uses her super powers to manage and lead the day-to-day operations of Teen HYPE. To ensure that teens get the reinforcement they need from responsible adults, Franky harnesses her super powers of Operational and Mission Excellence to create a storm of dynamic stakeholders to serve as vanguards of change. With over 15 years’ experience in Youth Development, as a nonprofit leader, Franky “The Executive Implementer” designed and managed programs and services that has empowered countless teens to become Super Heroes too.
Given her powers of creativity and the insights gained from her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Michigan, Franky creates caring, brave, spaces and powerful experiences like Teen HYPE’s annual play, and the annual leadership retreat, which propel teens and Teen HYPE’s League of Excellence toward greatness.
DOROTHY “DEE” SMITH
Bestowed with two Super Powers, Dorothy “Dee” Smith is the ultimate HYPE Superhero. Her X-Ray Vision allows her to see beyond the surface and find the “SPARK” in the youth Teen HYPE serves. She reads motivations and identifies solutions faster than the speed of Light. Her X-Ray Vision has been coupled with Love that electrifies her commitment to actively illuminate partnerships that transform the lives of those who live, work and enjoy Detroit.
Bolstered by close to a decade of experience in community organizing, bridge building, and development; she combines X-Ray Vision and Love to ignite innovation, create sustainable relationships, and give people the jolt of courage to do the impossible.
CRYSTAL R. STAFFNEY
In the Teen HYPE Universe, Crystal Staffney provides her communications super powers to direct all agency strategic communications for Teen HYPE. She harnesses her super powers of Agency Branding, Strategic Partnership Development, and Public Relations to build strong community partnerships, provide clear communication channels with other superhero team members, and produces compelling written and verbal content to be used in a variety of ways to support our team mission. Under her strategic leadership, Teen HYPE programs are aligned with all agency messaging and accessible to all community stakeholders.
Crystal possesses more than 15 years’ of progressive experience leading marketing and communications efforts for numerous nonprofits in healthcare, education, and youth development. She has crafted persuasive content, educational materials, and supported executive-level community messaging that has helped commission external resources, grant funding, and new program partnerships. In her current capacity she oversees all strategic agency communications, managing community stakeholders and is a key liaison for our superhero leadership team.
Crystal’s communication powers were honed early in her career as she excelled in various media production roles. She attended Wayne State University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, where she earned a BA in Media Arts and Studies, and MA in Public Relations and Organizational Communications.
Glides with grace into the grant gauntlet and leads our team’s efforts to secure various federal, state, and local grants that support our mission to develop youth through health & literacy education.
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Time and time again, when faced with challenging projects, our “Princess of Positivity”, Joy Bost manages to save the day! In the 11th hour, against all odds, Joy calmly leads the charge to seamlessly coordinate program staff schedules, bringing cross-functional teams across the agency and community together in one common goal. Whether she leads the charge developing new programming for fellow Teen HYPE superhero Health Educators, recruits volunteers, or leads communication efforts with schools, she can truly do it all with a positive attitude and smile on her “joyful” face!
Joy is currently pursuing her Associates Degree is pre-secondary education at Henry Ford College and has more than 18 years of experience building and implementing dynamic health education programs for Detroit area youth, schools, and families.
As strong as the Greek Gods themselves, she receives her powers to pulverize adverse health habits from her many years of experience in health education and performance arts.
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