EVONA was founded by professionals and educators with a stake in the Detroit community; our Executive Director, Board Members, staff and volunteers all live, work, and raise their families in the Detroit metropolitan area, and deal with the challenges described in this proposal every day. While we come from different walks of life, we are unified by our commitment to creating positive change in the lives of our local youth.
Since its establishment in 2003, EVONA has served more than 200 students, many of whom have completed their high school education and gone on to engage in productive employment. We have enabled more than 50 students to take part in mentorship programs with working professionals in the local area, who offer academic support and guidance as well as positive modeling for future careers. In order to expand the reach of our mission, we have established collaborations between schools, educators and parents to help local students achieve their full academic potential. Every student is equally important to us, and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.
All of the programs offered by EVONA are overseen by the Executive Director and administered by our well-trained and experienced staff members, whose strong professional backgrounds are matched by their passion for helping young people strive for academic success and career fulfillment.