Maria Franklin – Youth Enrichment Coordinator
Maria Franklin is a native Detroiter who understands the grit and determination required to rise above the obstacles that many Detroit Police Athletic League youth are up against everyday. As the Youth Enrichment Coordinator, Maria is focused on expanding the comfort zones of youth in Detroit and surrounding suburbs helping them see greatness within themselves, positioning and empowering them with knowledge of what they can achieve and opportunities to explore the possibilities awaiting them. She takes pride in promoting paradigm shifts in youth leading to positive behavior change related to business, community engagement, health, personal awareness, and individual growth. She brings her experience through national and global travels to establish programming that helps kids to see beyond their neighborhoods, a more holistic view of the world around them.
Maria holds a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University (WSU), Mike Ilitch School of Business. She is using her business acumen to educate youth on the transferable nature of the skills they develop through sport participation and how they can use them to achieve their dreams not only on the court or field, but also after the game, at home, at school and every area of life with a focus on community and giving back.
Maria has ten years of experience working in 13 high schools throughout Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) promoting healthy lifestyles for over 4000 youth citywide. She has been fortunate to work on multiple high performing teams promoting positive behavior change with regard to healthy eating choices in DPSCD and K-5 schools throughout Michigan, She has gained school programming skills and experience while working in the WSU Kinesiology and Health Studies Department as their sole nutrition educator for the Detroit Healthy Youth Initiative Program; one that has been described by auditors as a “well-oiled machine”. The program has been used as a model for the expansion of multiple projects committed to the health and wellness of our community. She has worked on a number of projects including the WSU Building Healthy Communities (BHC) program to help establish a health-conscious culture in elementary schools and the Community Health Pipeline (CHP) helping to develop the next generation of community health leaders. Maria enjoys engaging with student, business, community and government leaders to promote economic viability locally, nationally and globally.
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