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Youth on the Edge… of Greatness, Inc. (YOE, Inc.) was established in 1985 and was named a “National Exemplary Program” in 1995. After much consideration, the Boards of YOE, Inc. and Warren/Conner Development Coalition have opted to fold the “YOE” program back into WCDC, and dissolve the separate YOE, Inc. corporation to save money on separate auditing and accounting.  The former YOE Board continues to serve in an advisory capacity.   In the meantime, YOE has formed a partnership with the “Lower Eastside Youth Alliance” and Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, and is moving in important new directions, with the staff support of YOE Graduate Orlando Bailey (a 2012 EMU Grad): YOE’s new mission statement is:  “YOE develops leadership in Detroit youth through education, activism and service. ”YOE’s focus is on involving our youth in the environment and sustainability, through training, projects and entrepreneurship.  This new focus was piloted during summer of 2013 and was very popular with the 50 youth who participated.  The new focus launched in January of 2014 and is entitled “YOE Winter Green.” Moving school-year programming to Saturdays, at a new location convenient to where the majority of the young people are coming from – 48215, 48213, and 48224.  Stay tuned for location details!

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