Youth Community Agency’s Sneaker Ball

On Aug. 5, Youth Community Agency — a local nonprofit that mentors and empowers teenage mothers — hosted its inaugural Sneaker Ball at The Eastern Detroit. Guests wore formal attire with their favorite sneakers, and the evening included a welcome reception, an awards ceremony, silent auction, dancing, and more. Catrina Tillman, founder of the weekly Facebook Live chat SHE Speaks, was the special guest host of the night.
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Rodnesha Ross started her nonprofit to bring art to Detroit students. She found her passion helping those who felt forgotten.

DETROIT, MI — Harriett Holmes, 35, heard of Rodnesha Ross and her Youth Community Agency nonprofit through her sister last year. At the time, the mother of four did not consider herself to be someone who needed the organization’s services. A year later, that abruptly changed

“I was living with some people and they put me and my kids out,” Holmes said to The ‘Gander.

Suddenly, she had nothing. Holmes and children—Azmire (11), Jayshon (10), Christian (9), and Inspire (8)—had been living with family friends. She later learned they were abusing her children when she worked her shifts as a manager at a local Burger King. 

Shortly after she paid her rent one month last year, she was evicted. Her former friends moved away, using her rent money to fund their next venture.

“I felt stupid,” she said. “I felt numb.”

Holmes and her children moved in with her sister who suggested they contact Ross and YCA. They helped her secure housing, clothing, food, and social security cards for her children.

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Youth Community Agency Giving $20,000 in COVID-19 Aid to Teenage Mothers and Families in Need

Youth Community Agency has partnered with metro Detroit organizations to
provide $20,000 in COVID-19 aid for low income families and teenage mothers.YCA is facilitating this
initiative with the help of funds donated by Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, DTE foundation
and United Way of Southeastern Michigan. COVID-19 has affected people from various backgrounds and
socioeconomic levels, yet those who lack access to essential resources are hit the hardest.YCA aims to mitigate
some of the adverse effects on families that reside in Wayne County.
“Falling on hard times or being less fortunate has no age, race or specific circumstance, to be in need,” says
Rodnesha Ross CEO/Founder of Youth Community Agency. “At YCA, we believe everyone deserves a second
chance and a supportive shoulder to lean on.

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