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"I have been driven to work in any capacity that would help to solve serious social ills. Furthering my education has always been the foundation on which I've based my plan to accomplish this goal. Education is freedom and in all of its forms, not just academia, it is very important to me. Because of the CAYF, during and after college, I have been free to focus on my studies and volunteer my free time instead of taking a job. I have been a tutor, served as a cheer coach, and worked with abused and neglected children among other civic engagements. This is so important to me because I have been so blessed to have so many wonderful people, CAYF included, to take an interest in my self-development and my education. It has been only through the grace of GOD and my focus that I have not been a victim to environmental circumstances that were out of my control. I plan to one day give back to the Foundation more than I have received." - Russella Davis, Howard University, 2003
Coleman A. Young Foundation
Coleman A. Young was the Mayor of Detroit for two decades. He established the Coleman A. Young Foundation (CAYF) in 1982. The Mayor left office in 1993. He died four years later. CAYF is a living legacy of the late Mayor's lifetime of work. All of the assets that he earned were left to the Foundation to provide opportunities for future generations in the city that was his life.
Since 1986, the Foundation has awarded more than four million dollars to more than four hundred students.
The mission of CAYF is to develop leadership among youth through college scholarships, mentoring and other supports for personal growth and development.
Latest CAYF News
REAL Skills 2.0 Applications Currently Being Accepted : Foundation Wide
posted June 20, 2016 at 12:00am
Location: Don Bosco Hall, 19321 W. Chicago,...
2016 Coleman A. Young Foundation Scholarship Application Due March 04, 2016 : Foundation Wide
posted January 5, 2016 at 11:30am
Applications must be postmarked by March 4, 2016 or delivered by hand to 2111 Woodward Avenue, Suite 500, Detroit, MI 48201
97 Years. A Salute to the Late Coleman Alexander Young : Foundation Wide
posted September 2, 2015 at 5:01pm
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.