Parent, Community, and Business Committee

Parent, Community, and Business Committee

SAVE THE DATE! MAY 24th, 2016 - 11:00am to 2:00pm - Lunch at 12:00 Noon 1450 25th Street, Detroit, Ml 48216—Southwest Campus

The Parents, Community, and BUSINESS Committee (PCB Committee) invite you to celebrate our partnership you on May 24, 2016. We appreciate your contribution to our Mission and Drive to gilV our students the best and highest quality educational experience attainable. In concert with our student’s parents,the organizations in our community, and the businesses and agencies who invest in those communities, we will work tirelessly to address every barrier and obstacle faced by our students. It is honor that we hold your partnership dear and valuable in this collaborative effort to give much needed support proven to lead to a student's success.

Ismael Ahmed, "The Impact of Providing Opportunity for Youth"

Ismael Ahmed was appointed Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Associate Provost of Metropolitan Impact at the University of Michigan-Dearborn beginning January 2011. Prior to that, he served in Governor Jennifer M. Granholm's administration as Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, the state's second largest department. He co-founded the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) in
1971 and was appointed executive director in 1983, growing it into a national human service and advocacy agency with affiliates in 24 cities. The son of first generation immigrants, Ismael Ahmed is co-founder of The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and now serves as an executive member of its advisory board. Since 1984 he has lead Detroit’s Concert of Colors, one of the largest world music festivals in the United States, which he co-curates and co-chairs. Since 1998, he has been producer and host of "This Island Earth" on WDET Public Radio in Detroit.

Lena Barkley, "Executive Leadership and Opportunity for Youth"

Lena Barkley has a 20-year history with CVS Health and was the Project Director for Career Prescriptions for Success (CAPS), an Apprenticeship and Incumbent Worker Program that was funded by The President's High Growth Job Training Initiative of the U.S Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, starting in 2005. Lena is currently in partnership with numerous workforce agencies, faith-based and non- profits including a 14-year history with Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit for the
Community Based Training Grant, Hospitality/ Retail entitled HRMAP. She serves as CVS Workforce Initiatives Manager for the Area 7 market that includes over 1,800 stores in six states with Diversity hiring through the CVS Management Career Ladder. Before serving as Regional Learning Center (RLC) Manager and as Training Store Manager, Lena won the company's highest award as a store Manager, the Paragon Award for 2001.
Linsey Gillery,” The Importance of Work Readiness and Preparedness”
10:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast Talesha Hawkins, Admin.Asst.
11:00am      Welcome                                                             Michael Krystyniak, Superintendent
11:10am     Introductions Terasa Ragland, Outreach Coord.    
11:15am     Opportunity Youth Program Office                 Jeana Tall,Parent and Community Engagement Liaison
11:30am     Keynote Speaker         Ismael Ahmed, Univ. of Michigan — Office of Metropolitan Impact
11:50am     Keynote Speaker Opportunity Employer Lena Barkley, CVS Health
12:15pm     Lunch Velda Kelly, Violinist
1:15pm      Opportunity Youth Project Mgr.       Linsey Gillery, DESC
1:30pm      Opportunity Youth       Ashley Giles, CHA Central
1:35pm      Opportunity Youth       T-Quantis Rozier, CHA Central
1:45pm      Opportunity Youth Graduate       Maria Cruz-Garcia, Alumni
1:55pm      Closing Remarks       Cynthia Gonzalez, Academic Counselor
Violinist Velda Kelly has been teaching and performing in metropolitan Detroit since 1983. As the recipient of a Music Assistance Fund fellowship, Ms. Kelly played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for three years. She holds music from Boston University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where her violin teachers included Henry Meyer, Joseph Silverstein and Denes Zsigmondy. Ms. Kelly is a member of
the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra and also has an active chamber music career. She and MOT principal cellist Nadine Deleury co-founded and are the artistic directors of Chamber Music at the Scarab Club Velda regularly performs as an extra musician with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has a large class of private violin students teaches at Madonna University and the MSU Community Music School – Detroit.

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