Joined Aug 14 2010
Y.F.S.U. was founded in 2010 by Quanna Fish. Mr. Fish is 38 years old and has two children 13 and 2 years old; he is currently Chairman of Y.F.S.U. Board of Directors and has been employed by Motor City Casino & Hotel for seven years. Quanna’s vision is to reduce the number of absentee fathers throughout the City of Detroit by educating & motivating young men and fathers. His Journey began around eight years ago, when Mr. Fish began working in the Juvenile Justice System as a Youth Specialist. While working in the Eliot Detention center in Detroit, Quanna was able to positively impact hundreds of young men passing through the system, ages 14-21. Mr. Fish quickly gained the trust and respect of the young men under his supervision. They began confiding in him about personal issues that they endured in their outside lives. In most cases, many of the youth lived better locked up than they did in their own homes. Quanna noticed a common pattern among all of the young men that confided in him. Almost all of them didn’t have fathers or strong male figures in their lives.
It was easy for Mr. Fish to relate to some of the frustration and disadvantages that many of the young men had faced. Quanna was also raised in a fatherless home and nearly fell victim to the negative cycle that follows. Mr. Fish was a high school dropout, homeless and sold drugs throughout the State of Michigan. He could have easily been in the same position those young men were in or worse! But by the grace of God he beat the odds! Quanna was able to turn his life around by obtaining his G.E.D. and attended Wayne County Community College for Criminal Justice. He attended Crossroads Truck Driving School in Tennessee and received his C.D.L. (A) He is a skilled Die Setter by trade and certified in Microsoft Vista and Office. Quanna is also certified through the State of Michigan as a H.I.V. Prevention Specialist.
Mr. Fish was able to inspire hundreds of the young men passing through the system with the testimony of his life, giving them hope and direction. In return, those same young men help Quanna find his vision and purpose in life. Quanna stayed employed at The Eliot Detention Center for almost two years before leaving for advancement. Many of the young men were disappointed about Mr. Fish departing but he assured them that their paths would cross again one day. That was almost nine years ago and after careful planning, researching, volunteering and attending classes at Detroit Association of Black Organization’s leadership program and also, sitting on one of their Sub-Committee. Mr. Fish is back, just like he promised and this time he has a team of Board Members and supporters standing united with him. Together we will create a new culture of proud & progressive fathers and break the negative cycle of fatherlessness that has plagued the City of Detroit.