Connect Detroit’s Kate Cherry Named Alternatives For Girls Secretary

DETROIT – Connect Detroit today announced Program Director, Development and Strategy Officer Kate Cherry has been named Secretary for the Detroit non-profit, Alternatives For Girls (AFG).

Cherry has a long history serving AFG. She joined the program committee in 2012 as a volunteer and in 2016 became a member of the non-profit’s board of directors. Her hard work and dedication to the organization landed her a role as the Program Committee Chair in 2017.

She will work with fellow board and committee members, as well as program directors to evaluate the feasibility of and benefits to prospective program initiatives to fulfill the needs of the community and those the organization serves.

AFG helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.

Along with her work with AFG, Cherry also serves as a member of the Executive Board at the Wayne State Center for the Study of Citizenship and she is Secretary of the Clinton Township Planning Commission.

Since 2003, Cherry has raised more than $35 million for charities in and around the city of Detroit, for projects in the arts, community development, behavioral health, workforce development, and for programs and services targeting young people.

In her current role with Connect Detroit, she is responsible for developing grant funding and most written external communications on behalf of the organization. She has secured more than $15 million for summer youth employment programs in Detroit. In addition to her work at Connect Detroit, she regularly provides consulting services as an independent contractor to Detroit area nonprofits in strategic planning and fund development.

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