Jason Wilson, Founder and President of the Yunion, has more than 20 years of programmatic experience in working with youth and young adults. Under his leadership, the Yuinon has reached more than 10,000 youth and young adults in the metro-Detroit area through mentoring, prevention and life skills programming. Mr. Wilson has a relentless passion for guiding and mentoring young African American males, and currently leads our Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy.
Nicole Wilson has served as the Yunion’s Executive Director since its’ inception and has more has more than 17 years of management experience and an additional eight years of programmatic experience working with at-risk youth and families. Mrs. Wilson is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and a Masters of Business Administration in Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix. She is also a state certified HIV Prevention Test Counselor and trainer.
Eric Reed is the Director of Operations for The Yunion. He joined the organization in 2017. Eric has more than 25 years of experience in human services as a direct care worker and administrator in the areas of child welfare and juvenile justice at the private agency level and with county government. Mr. Reed earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Communications) from Central Michigan University in 1988 and a Masters Degree (Administration) from Wayne State University in 1999.
Ron Lee Jr. has more than 11 years of youth programming experience and has been in his current position with the Yunion for more than four years. Starting with the Yunion as a producer and facilitator, Ron’s passion is an incomparable asset to the youth and families that we serve.
Serena has been in her role with the Yuinon since 2013. She has a strong background in working with youth and families as a social worker, specifically youth with special needs. Serena received her BA in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and her MSW from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
Monique has been with the Yunion for 4 years in her current position as a Case Manager and Counselor. Monique has more than 13 years of experience working with youth and families in the juvenile justice sector. She received her BS in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Moody Theological Seminary.
Lawrence, a last year graduate student in the WSU School of Social Work, earned a BA in Psychology. He has vast amount of experience in community engagement and mentoring work, and black male achievement.
Raynetta has more than 13 years of program development and management experience as well as counseling and case management. She has a BA in Family Education and a Master’s of Business Administration.
Lydia Brown has served with the Yunion since 2010, initially in the capacity of a Life Guide for both SWAG and Keys 2 Life programs. More recently she served as Program Director for the Keys 2 Life Performing Arts Summer Camp and was then promoted to serve in her current role as Program Coordinator. Lydia has a Bachelor of Arts and is an acclaimed dancer and actress. She has more than 10 years of experience in youth development work.
Christopher Norris has served with the Yunion in his current roles since 2012. He has an Associates in General Business and has worked with youth in mentoring, counseling and teaching roles for more than six years.