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News pertinent to the young black community of Detroit

Women’s Brunch

On Sunday, June 24th, Black Young Professionals, in partnership with Women of Distinction, hosted Brunch & Blazers, a ladies only event where attendees discussed what it means to be a woman in the workplace. The event was held at Red Dunn Kitchen, which is attached to the Trumbull-Porter hotel, just outside of Corktown in Detroit. We are always excited to reach different audiences by collaborating with other organizations, and Women of Distinction was the perfect partner for this event — brunch and conversation are their bread and butter! Women of Distinction hosts a brunch every month; aiming to provide a positive and empowering space for women to share their goals and learn from others.

The ladies did not disappoint, everyone looked great in their blazers — in hue, after each gorgeous hue! The overarching theme was equity for women in the workplace, while the underlying theme was solidarity. Each attendee was given a green asymmetrical ribbon to wear on their lapels. The asymmetry of the ribbon symbolizes the pay disparities between women and men. According to this Huffington Post article, white women are paid about 20 percent less than men. Sadly, women of color fare worst by a considerable amount. Black women are paid 40 percent less than men, while our Latina sisters are paid 45 percent less. During brunch, we broke out into groups for discussion. Breaking into smaller groups allowed everyone the opportunity to dig deeper and participate.

After the breakout group discussions, we were delighted to have founder of Jackets for Jobs, Ms. Alison Vaughn join us. We all have had or will have moments that will define us. Ms. Vaughn’s moment came when she learned her sister had cancer. The cancer proved to be terminal; her sister succumbed to her illness just six months after announcing to Ms. Vaughn that she was living with the disease. As Ms. Vaughn was dealing with the heartbreak of losing her sister as well as still repairing the wound left by losing her father who passed not too long before her sister, she worked tirelessly to get her sister’s affairs in order and plan her funeral. While making arrangements, she discovered that her sister was a recipient of public assistance. Learning this made her think about the quality of life her sister endured and what opportunities may or may not have been available to her. Ms. Vaughn turned tragedy and adversity into purpose. Her story was a call to action to help other women in similar circumstances.

Jackets for Jobs assists women and men in need of clothing for interviews. Every $50.00 Jackets for Jobs receives in donations, means one suit and a second chance for either a woman or man. Our event registration fee was a donation to Jackets for Jobs, which also has amazing volunteer opportunities. You can interact with jobseekers by helping them pick out clothing and giving them words of encouragement for their interviews.

If you are interested in donating dry-cleaned and ironed mens or womens clothing fit for interviewing to Jackets for Jobs, please click here to learn more.

If you would like to learn more about and/or connect with our event partners, please feel free to click on the links below:


Detroit College Day Recap



On March 9th, Black Young Professionals of Detroit supported Detroit College Day, a Detroit College Access Network (DCAN) sponsored conference held annually for Detroit High School students. The purpose of this conference is to get students excited about college and other post-secondary opportunities that are available to them.

The conference was held at the Wayne County Community College District campus on Fort Street and featured 14 Detroit high schools, bringing well over 700 students. The event featured a college fair as well as various panel discussions and college informational/preparatory workshops. The fair and discussions were led by local organizations such as MSU Advising Corps, AdviseMI College Advisors, Detroit HBCU Network, TRIO services, United Negro College Fund, and featured local colleges and universities including Wayne State university, Wayne County Community College District, University of Michigan Dearborn, and University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

Detroit College Day took great effort in promoting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Throughout the numerous workshops and breakout sessions students were able to attend, the importance of the HBCU was highlighted, especially, in nurturing and educating of prominent African American scholars.

Black Young Professionals of Detroit Mentorship Program was also involved in the event, leading two workshops:

  1. Surviving College 101”, where students were able to learn of some of the struggles and obstacles they might encounter through their collegiate career and what tips, tools and techniques they can employ to help them succeed and overcome such obstacles.
  2. Group Talk: The HBCU Experience”, where Black Young Professionals’ HBCU alumni mentors shared their experiences and debunked myths about attending HBCU’s, and answered student questions.

Additionally, Black Young Professionals was honored to further support Detroit College Day by fortifying the volunteer effort led by United Way of Southeast Michigan. We deployed a small team of our members as room moderators for the workshops, and as way finders to assist students in making their way through the event.

We are thankful to all the mentors and volunteers who contributed to providing a great educational experience for students in the Detroit community, and we look forward to continuing our support of youth in Detroit through events like Detroit College Day.

2018: You & Us. Welcome to the New Year!

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

We hope the New Year is being more generous to you than the wind chill outside. The New Year is time for reflection, reinvention and action. Just like many of you, Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit has been contemplating our year in review. While reflecting on the successes of the past year, we could not be any more grateful for our members. Each year, because of you, Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit becomes stronger, energized and ready for the opportunities the New Year brings. Our number one goal is to continue to bring you programs that empower you personally and professionally, as well as improve the community as a whole.


We want to hear from you.
What would you like to see in BYP in 2018?

Please click below to access the Black Young Professionals End of Year Feedback survey.

ALSO! We would also like to extend the opportunity for you to grow within the organization this year.  We are growing our mentorship opportunities and there are a few positions open on the Internal Team. Click the link below to indicate your interest in getting involved.