Encourage Me I’m Young

Creating a society that enlists today’s youth to embrace their abilities as they become the future leaders of tomorrow.


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The Story of Encourage Me I’m Young...

Inspired by the Journey of Calvin T. Mann, President & Founder

Written by: Heather Hetheru Miller

It was the summer of 1992 and I took a job at a friend’s home day care center as a Child Care worker. I was 25 with a 3-year old son of my own; caring for about 12 kids from 1-5 years old. When you are a care giver, as a parent or just working with kids that age, you become very perceptive. You really develop your first set of super powers! You seem to develop a second-sense for what they need. In turn, they develop a trust in you to love them and to protect them from the things that they don’t understand or the things that scare them. I was not exempt! I took both their trust and my role very seriously.

The daycare was filled with children from the community. The center was placed centrally in the heart of Ferndale, MI. This would turn out to be one of the most important seasons of my life. Because this summer, birthed the beginning of Encourage Me I’m Young. It was a windy day in July 1992, when the words, “Encourage Me I’m Young”, blew open the door to the daycare center and literally to the 28 year journey of becoming EMIY Inc. There were important benchmarks along the way. But the most pivotal turn happened in the summer of 2004.

About Us

Encourage Me I’m Young (EMIY) Inc., a non-profit 501c3 based in Detroit is a grassroots volunteer driven organization dedicated to legacy. We have supported, developed, and nurtured children and fathers to reach their fullest potential since 2007.


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