Talent Champions Program

Do you want to help develop future talent?  Become a Talent Champion and help support career programs in Washtenaw County today!

Current Needs:

School Supply Drives

You can help Washtenaw County students in need start the 2018-19 school year right by contributing to the annual school supply drive that benefits them. Coordinated by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District's Education Project and Ozone House, with support from The Ann Arbor News and MLive, the drive runs from Aug. 13-17. Drop-off locations are:

  • WISD, 1819 S. Wagner Road, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday;
  • Ozone House, 1705 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and
  • Menards, 6405 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, open 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Menards sells school supplies. 

Donation organization:

Another way to contribute is to volunteer to organize donations and pack backpacks. Sign up for a shift on the Ozone House website. http://ozonehouse.org


Talent Champion Employers:

  • Go! Ice Cream
  • Packard Health
  • Butman Ford
  • University Musical Society
  • A2Y Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
  • Align Chiropractic
  • Original Moxie
  • SOS Community Services
  • Puffer Reds
  • U of M Nam Center for Korean Studies
  • Fly Children's Art Center
  • Riverside Art Center
  • Ypsilanti District Library
  • Zingerman's Bakehouse
  • S. Mitchell Marketing
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Toyota
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Mentor 2 Youth
  • Student Advocacy Center
  • Michigan Works
  • Collis & Griffor Law Firm
  • Ypsilanti Police Department
  • Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels
  • Washtenaw Sheriff's Department
  • United Sonz
  • Ypsi Running Co.
  • Warriors and Caregivers United
  • Communities in Schools
  • Bank of Ann Arbor
  • WCC- Office of the President
  • Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Ozone House
  • Appel Enviromental
  • Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
  • Ann Arbor Spark
  • Beckett & Raeder
  • City of Ypsilanti
  • Graduates Ann Arbor
  • Holiday Inn Ann Arbor
  • Inmatech, Inc
  • Motawi Tileworks- Rovin Ceramics
  • Michigan Works
  • Parkridge Community Center
  • SAVCO Hospitality- Aventura Resturant
  • Superior Township
  • United Way
  • Washtenaw County OCED (Program Specialist)
  • Washtenaw County OCED (Housing Specialst )
  • Washtenaw County Sherriff
  • Ypsilanti Housing Commission
  • University of Michigan
  • Bottles-N-Backpacks
  • Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach
  • Davenport Assoicates
  • Dedicated To Make A Change
  • Urban Ashes
  • Washtenaw County Trial Court/ Sports Camp
  • Washtenaw Community College- Harriet St.


Organizations including Ann Arbor SPARK, the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, Michigan Works!, Washtenaw Community College, Ypsilanti Community Schools, Washtenaw Intermediate Schools, Eastern Michigan University, the Ginsberg Center and other community groups have been discussing strategies to improve economic equity in Washtenaw County, with an initial focus on youth between the ages of 16-24 that reside on the eastern side of the county.

This group recognizes that employer involvement is critical when it comes to building the talent pipeline of the future.  Washtenaw County is fortunate to have dozens of employers that invest in our young people through apprenticeships, mentorships, summer employment, coming into the classroom to talk about careers, and other ways that provide inspiration and opportunity. 

If every business, in some way, engaged with our public schools, community college, and organizations that help support youth, then every Washtenaw County resident could have a career pathway and a bright future.

The goals of the Talent Champions initiative are to better promote available opportunities to employers, and to reward and recognize the employers that invest in the talent in our community.

If you are interested in learning more, or getting involved, please email Amy Cell at Amy@AmyCellTalent.com.