CEO & Co-Founder

AMBRA REDRICK

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.

COO & Co-Founder

FRANKY HUDSON

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.

Senior Manager of Fund Development

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.

Senior Manager of In-School Initiatives

LARON EVANS

In a world fraught with pessimism, LaRon Evans defeats negativity with an attitude of gratitude. He holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and has more than ten years of experience in developing sustainable relationships with children, families, corporate partners, school liaisons and organization leaders. His super power best shines as he uses gratitude to combat stress and promote peace and harmony while he assists teens directly in behavior modification and restorative practices. Cohesiveness is a key ingredient in building a team that can break down barriers. LaRon knows that gratitude is a primary component of this cohesiveness and he encourages it at every turn whether it is among the teens or with fellow super heroes.
Manager of Youth Leadership

CALLIE BRANTLEY

Planning, creating, and facilitating engaging evidence-based curriculum for Peer Educators with a keen eye for detail makes Callie Brantley an unstoppable force as a member of the Teen HYPE Social Justice League. Brantley’s super power allows her to emit energy that radiates a room, even in the darkest of times. Her everlasting light shines brightly as she fearlessly manages in-school programming and oversees youth development and prevention programming for our Peer Educators. In addition, she is an ambassador and advisor for the Youth Advisory Council, assisting youth to prepare for theater performances. Callie also coordinates various media projects, and is a Certified H.I.V Tester & Educator in the State of Michigan. Her fire is fueled by her passion to serve youth and inspire them to achieve lasting success. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Television, and Digital Media Production at Ferris State University. Her education and years experience as a Technical & Lighting Director is a tremendous benefit to our Teen HYPE team and youth when planning & producing our annual plays.
Manager of Strategic Partnerships

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.

Grants Manager

TRACY ATKINSON

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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Manager of In-School Initiatives

JOY BOST

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.

Health Educator/Outreach Worker

CAMILLE MARTIN

When it comes to Sexual Health, many adults and youth alike choose ignorance and denial. But Camille Martin uses her twin super powers of Knowledge and Awareness coupled with her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies: Global and Environmental Health from The University of Michigan, to obliterate excuses and illuminate a wiser path. She carried out HIV initiatives from Meru, Kenya to Quito, Ecuador before joining Teen HYPE’s League of Excellence. She uses her more than twelve years of knowledge in the HIV field to inform adolescent youth of their HIV status and provide access to contraception. She is proud that her work helps to empower young people to make informed healthy decisions centered around HIV, STDs, STIs, pregnancies, relationships, and reproductive health.
Youth & Family Support Specialist

DEMITRIA BELL

Demitria is a defender of the youth and protector of Teen HYPE’s mission. As a graduate from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s of Social Work, she is dedicated to advocating and committed to helping youth understand they can persevere no matter their circumstances. Some people might mistake her for a mild-mannered reporter, but when threats to quality education and justice appear, she’s on the scene faster than the speed of light. Up up up and away, she takes flight into the classroom to assist youth in soaring as high as they can knowing that the sky is the limit. When a child is in a midst of the storm she manipulates the weather to provide sunshine in the face of adversity. She sees stormy days as an opportunity to plant seeds for growth.
Health Educator

JUSTIN BANKS

Captain Go-Getter is a man born to help others. Born with aggressive ambition, constant compassion and passionate persistence, Justin Banks is determined to motivate and inspire the youth to become their best possible selves. As a graduate of Western Michigan University, Justin is an Exercise Science major determined to educate, advocate and motivate. Hate may try to break down the youth, but Justin attacks it with love and truth, creating a positive path for the youth to walk through. Under his watch he will make sure that the youth feel protected, working to ensure that that the youth experience joy while they are in Teen HYPE and beyond. Captain Go-Getter has the ability to reach the stars, but that is only if the youth reaches the stars with him!
Health Educator

STEPHEN WALLACE

The world moves fast, but Stephen moves faster. His youthfulness is reinvigorating and is a driving force of creativity. He has a bachelor’s degree from The University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where he focused on how legislation affects vulnerable communities differently. Hailing from the eastside of Detroit, MI, Stephen has returned home to uplift and inspire the community that helped cultivate his superpowers. Some may see his youth as a lack of experience, but at Teen HYPE it has often been his best asset. He may just be discovering his powers, but he’s not afraid to jump into action.
Health Educator

MYRIHA shephard-BURTON

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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Health Educator

NY’EA REYNOLDS

Always has a close eye on negativity and hate to keep our youth safe from harm with her empowering health education classes. As a Health Educator, Ny’Ea builds and facilitates critical sexual health, life skills, and emotional health workshops for Detroit Area youth. She also plays an integral role in coordinating our annual productions by writing the script, leading stage design, direction, and team collaborations to produce fun, educational plays.