Staff

Gail Wolkoff
Executive Director

Gail is a teacher educator and a former administrator who resigned from teaching and administration in May 2010 to pursue her desire to develop an educational program that connects youth with the world and to promote a love of learning. Through-out her 35 year career, she has practiced anti-raciest and positive teaching where teaching and learning are interconnected.

In Fall 2011, Gail started Dedicated to Make a Change, L3C (DTMAC). In January 2017, Educate Youth 501c3 was started with the mission of increasing the Ypsilanti Community School high school graduation rate and post-high school plan, one student at a time. All of the youth programs and classes were moved from DTMAC to Educate Youth.

Gail has a rich and varied history as an educator. At the Evergreen State College, Olympia Wa, Gail studied Earth Science and Social Work. She earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching in 1985 from the University of Pittsburgh.

Justice Mangual

Student Advocate

Justice Mangual is currently a senior at Eastern Michigan University majoring in communications with a minor in management. A few fun facts about him is he is the youngest of 3 brothers and was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He is very adventurous, outgoing, goal oriented, workaholic, and passionate about the pursuit of education. Some things that he has accomplished are, he has been skydiving, traveled out of the country twice, completed over 100 hours of community service while in high school, and landed on the dean’s list in college twice. He is an active member on EMU’s campus. For 2 years, he served as the vice president for the NAACP EMU chapter on campus and he is currently a member of Kings of Color Inc which is a non-profit brotherhood organization with a mission to inspire, enrich, and educate the lives of African American men on campus. He joined the Educate Youth program in hopes to impact and change the lives of students and assist them in building the foundation of their lives post-high school in any way that he can. He is proficient in writing in both MLA and APA format, punctuations, spelling and grammar. He is also proficient in the studies of astronomy.

Justin Carthage

Tutor/Mentor

Justin Carthage began his journey at Educate Youth during his 8th grade year, he moved through the program by becoming a mentor, a tutor and a board member. He currently attends Wayne State and ever since then he has remained with us as both a tutor and mentor for our students. He has assisted many of our students acquire their high school diplomas and In 2022, he will be graduating from Wayne State to continue his pursuit to become a pediatrician.

Dr. Gina Wilson
National Board Certified Teacher – AYA Mathematics

Gina Wilson is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent and Young Adult Mathematics with over 15 years experience working with middle and high school students of all backgrounds and mathematical experiences. Dr. Wilson also writes curriculum enabling students from diverse backgrounds to achieve college and career readiness and advocates nationally for high-quality instruction for students and high-quality professional learning for educators. Connect with her on Twitter @GinaWilsonNBCT

Amanda Lowell
BS & Masters Mathematics
Tutor

Kendall Johnstone
BA Communication
Tutor

Kendall began her journey at Educate Youth as a senior in college working on her Capstone project and became a tutor shortly after. She holds a degree in Communication with a minor in Studio Art, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Communication at Eastern Michigan University. Her research surrounds the impacts of the experience of trauma on interpersonal communication and the importance of trauma informed education I the K-12 school system. She is passionate about education and fitness in various contexts, and exercises that passion in her work at Educate Youth, in addition to her roles as a teaching assistant, yoga instructor and former cross country coach. She has ran tow half marathons and has been raining for a full in her spare time.

Morgan Horgrow
11th Grade Mentor

Deshawn Chambers

11th Grade Mentor

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