Robert-CountsDear Youth Development Commission Community:

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has named Robert D. Counts as the new president of the Youth Development Commission. Robert is currently serving as YDC program director.  He will assume his new role effective March 1, 2016. 


Robert, a veteran in the youth development field, brings to the position an extensive background in nonprofit management and a proven passion and commitment to the Youth Development Commission. He has more than 21 years of youth development experience, and will be a familiar face to many of you who have known him as a key part of YDC since 2012. 


The board believes he has demonstrated the skillset and vision to lead YDC as it continues its mission to champion youth. 


Robert will succeed Donna Givens, who recently announced she will be returning to the Detroit Eastside Community Network (ECN), formerly Warren/Conner Development Coalition, as its new CEO. The board and I deeply appreciate Donna’s efforts throughout her tenure, and we wish her success as she returns to ECN.

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