Gail Wolkoff – Executive Director
Gail is an educator 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. 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. Gail was invited to teach at the College Learning Center/Campus West, CLL/CW, in Buffalo New York. She taught in a self-contained 3/4th grade. Gail is proud of her inner city work in Buffalo, NY; she worked with the same group of students’ for four years before moving to The Nichols School. She helped the students attending CLL/CW drastically improve their standardized test scores — scores went from four to five years below grade level to just below or slightly above grade level. This was her first introduction to the inequities within the world of education. At Nichols School, Gail was the science teacher in 5th and 8th grades. In the mid-1990’s Gail moved to Ypsilanti for love. She worked at Greenhills School, Ann Arbor, for 17 years. Gail was the team leader 6th grade for ten years and a 7th- 8th grade a Wellness and Health teacher, and the Director of Service Learning.
Gail has developed and continues to update the following curriculums: HIV education, Drug education, Greenhouse gas experiments, Brown VS Board of Education and the impact for Middle School, Comprehensive Sex Education, Orientation, Expression, Identity 101, to name a few. Gail’s five-year plan is to have Educate Youth be self-sufficient and to continue to have high school graduations. In five years, our first high school graduates will be two years out of college and/or seven years into to the working world.
Michael Columna – I.T.