Detroit African Youth Development Organization

Detroit, MI   |
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Detroit African Youth Development Organization

EIN: 83-2776149


Vision Inclusiveness and successful integration of African immigrants and their children in the USA for a prosperous life; and economic and financial autonomy for vulnerable populations, especially, women and youth in Africa. Mission Enhance the living standard for African migrant communities in the USA, and empower segments of poor populations in Africa through education; sustainable economic and social development programs and projects; and creation of opportunities for income generating activities. Our Values Integrity Diversity Good citizenship Solidarity

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Aissetou Sarambounou

Co Principal Officer

Ishack Samoura

Main address

15133 Burgess St

Detroit, MI 48223 USA

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Subject area info


Community and economic development

Youth development

Population served info


People of African descent

Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

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NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Systemic issues and cultural backgrounds have been impeding African immigrants' successful integration into the US. They came in looking for a better life, but the majority of the immigrants, although hard workers, became vulnerable and lived in poverty and desperation. The impact on children and youth of African descent is even worse as the majority is at risk of poor performance at school and living without life goals. In some cities, many youths of African descent have dropped school and put themselves in trouble and in some situations end up in jails. Particular attention is given to Detroit since this city is one of the poorest in the US. Those Africans remaining in Sub-Saharan Africa in their majority are even far less fortunate and live in hopelessness. Detroit is considered one of the poorest cities in the United States, with 31.8% of people living in poverty, which is 148.44% higher than the US average of 12.8% of people living in poverty and 142.75% higher

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

After School program

After-School and Tutoring Program: The after-school and tutoring program at Detroit African Youth Development Organization are designed to help youth stay occupied and engage their brains. Detroit African Youth Development Organization recognizes that the youth of Detroit need after-school programs to keep them off the street and in a safe environment.
Within the after-school and tutoring program, program facilitators help youth foster positive social connections that revolve around school, homework, sports, and healthy communication. In addition, Detroit African Youth Development Organization provides tutoring and homework assistance for math, science, and language arts/writing.
Detroit African Youth Development Organization's academic tutoring programs are based on each youth's unique learning style and individual ability. Math and science tutoring programs help students reduce math and science anxiety, master math and scientific concepts, and build a deep understanding of math.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled in service-learning courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

After School program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Detroit African Youth Development Organization is a nonprofit organization that aims at facilitating the connection and interaction of African immigrants to their US communities while promoting education and skills development, conducting awareness on critical issues, creating safe and nurturing environments for children and youth, and fostering economic and financial autonomy among youth and families. The organization also strives to improve the life of youth and family in the motherland of Africa through skills training, promoting income-generating activities, and developing social entrepreneurship. A core objective is also to provide a safe and nurturing space for children, youth, and young adults to build character of moral values and a solid learning foundation. In addition, the program strives to build a bridge between youth and their parents, helping them converse and engage in a way that satisfies and understands each party.
Each activity and interaction offers an alternative to the over-saturated internet influences and influencers- offering a safe space and an outlet for youth and young adults to figure out their life's purpose and work towards self-sufficiency and self-actualization at an early age.

Through ongoing interaction and engagement in the activities, participants of Detroit African Youth Development Organization will:
Develop life and leadership skills,
Learn the importance of and how to build healthy peer relationships,
Have a healthy self-esteem,
Enhance efficient and effective study skills, and
Advance their support and interest in career development.
Below is an overview of the programs that revolve around four (4) axes: Education, Training, and Life Skills development; Immigrants’ Inclusive integration in the communities in which they live; Awareness Campaigns; and Economic opportunities
Education, Training, and Skills Development
Summer Camps: The structured summer school program allows students to engage in healthy activities to keep them active, interact with other like-minded children, and undergo leadership training to help them realize how to become strong leaders of tomorrow.
The purpose of the summer program is to ensure that youth are ready for the upcoming school year and remain engaged over the summer months. Detroit African Youth Development Organization provides enrichment-based programs where students can learn new skills and reinforce skills they may not have wholly honed during the standard academic year.
The summer enrichment camp includes:
Art Instruction – Photography, sculpting, creative writing, and music or dance with a grounding in STEAM principles
Project Management – Teamwork and collaboration, communication skills through group project work
Robotics & Coding – (Lego)
Sports (football, basketball, dance, etc.)
Exhibition Day: Community-wide culminating event.
Parenting Training: Detroit African Youth Development Organization knows that learning never stops. The organization teaches the kids enrolled in our program that learning is lifelong.
After-School and Tutoring Program: The after-school and tutoring program at Detroit African Youth Development Organization are designed to help youth stay occupied and engage their brains. Detroit African Youth Development Organization recognizes that the youth of Detroit need after-school programs to keep them off the street and in a safe environment.
Group and Individual Mentorship Program: The individual and group mentoring programs are based on a positive youth development philosophy.
Literacy Programs: Immigrants uproot their lives and move across the globe daily. Even though the process may seem worthwhile and well-suited, an undeniable set of challenges and circumstances often await these newcomers.
ESL Classes
Computer Classes
Finical Literacy Education
Awareness Campaigns Organization will conduct awareness campaigns from time to time to educate and inform community members on crucial issues in physical health and mental health.
Economic opportunities promotion
The creation of vibrant communities for African immigrants in the US is paramount and at the nexus of their successful integration and the realization of their American Dream.

Stakeholder Analysis
An item critical to the success of any public or nonprofit organization is a proper stakeholder analysis. To satisfy its constituents, an organization must identify critical stakeholders, note the criteria they judge the organization, and review how they perform against them.
An analysis of the stakeholders for the Detroit African Youth Development Organization follows.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors comprises passionate and knowledgeable individuals who donate their time and resources to provide fiduciary oversight and governance of the organization. The current Board of Directors includes Aissetou Sarambounou, Ishack Samoura, Ali Suleiman, Maymouna Camara, and Mahamodou Sumareh.
A thriving Board meets regularly, has clear responsibilities that include ongoing enrichment and training, sets goals, ensures organizational success, establishes public trust, and guarantees mission fulfillment.
Executive Director 
The Executive Director achieves success through the organization’s current and future accomplishments.
A thriving organization establishes a successful partnership between the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. The E.D. reports and collaborates with the Board to ensure operational success.
Volunteers and program staff assist in fundraising activities, deliver quality services to clients, and expand available services.
A thriving organization focuses on developing volunteer and staff leaders who are committed and unafraid to offer suggestions to help the organization grow.
Detroit African Youth Development Organization serves the youth of African descent.
Receiving high-quality services and support, the clients are why Detroit African Youth Development Organization exists.
A diversified mix of donors includes individual donations, corporate sponsorships, service fees, in-kind gifts, and grant funding (where available).
 Donors provide the funding and material resources required for program implementation and expansion.
Facilitating and establishing donor relationships at all levels of the organization is key to fulfilling the operational budget.
Establishing solid partnerships with other organizations is essential to meeting a community’s needs.
Successful partnerships include developing mutually beneficial relationships and outcomes.

Milestones (2023)
Month One
Advertise necessary staff and volunteer positions and ensure positions are advertised in underserved communities to ensure equitable representation
Interview candidates for open staff and volunteer positions
Meet with schools, trade schools, colleges, universities, businesses, and other potential partners/sponsors
Establish and maintain collaborative and trusting relationships with community partners/sponsors
Update policy and procedure manual
Obtain Insurance
Seek funding (grants, donations, fundraisers, sponsorships)

Month Two
Meetings with community leaders
Meetings with established community partners/sponsors to re-establish activities and responsibilities, etc.
Recruitment/selection/training of staff members
Recruitment/selection/training of volunteers
Finalize upcoming programs/events for the remainder of the year
Prepare Press release, news, and media meeting for upcoming programs
Revamp Website and Social Media Presence and maintain strong online presence
Complete Marketing Plan to promote upcoming programs and events
Create Flyers for Marketing Campaign
Finalize marketing items, signage, etc.
Set up communication board of Program Team Members
Collection of baseline data (needs assessment) on the community
Month Three
Host community outreach event to spread awareness of organization and upcoming programs/events
Identify program/event success metrics
Implement monitoring and evaluation methodology, surveys, monthly reports, and social media analytics
Months Four - Seven
Face to Face Community Outreach
Implement monitoring and evaluation methodology, surveys, monthly reports, and social media analytics
Make necessary programming/event changes based on monitoring
` Months Eight - Nine
Face to Face Community Outreach
Re-evaluate program offerings
Expansion of program offerings
Follow-up meetings with community partners
Prepare for an annual fundraising event
Highlight work/success online (social media, press release, website)
Month Ten
Host an annual fundraising event
Implement monitoring and evaluation methodology, surveys, monthly reports, and social media analytics.
Month Eleven
Could you start preparing the final summative evaluation for the end of the twelfth month?
Start Preparing close report for all grants awarded
Implement monitoring and evaluation methodology, surveys, monthly reports, and social media analytics
Month Twelve
Implement monitoring and evaluation methodology, surveys, monthly reports, and social media analytics.
Complete final summative evaluation for the end of the twelfth month
Annual board meeting

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.)

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?


Detroit African Youth Development Organization
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

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Detroit African Youth Development Organization

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Detroit African Youth Development Organization

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Aissetou Sarambounou

Co Principal Officer

Ishack Samoura

Detroit African Youth Development Organization

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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Detroit African Youth Development Organization

Board of directors
as of 10/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Aissetou Sarambounou

Board co-chair

Ishack Samoura

Ali Suleiman


Mahamadou Moha Sumareh

Board member

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/6/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/06/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.