Working in cities across the Midwest, including Detroit, Odis Jones has built a varied background in municipal administration, economic development, and public-utility leadership. Apart from his professional responsibilities, Odis Jones supports youth mentorship programs in Detroit.
Among the city’s many programs, the most well-known is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, through which elementary, middle, and high school students pair with adult mentors from local businesses. Mentors meet with their mentees twice a month and participate in activities that focus on education, career awareness, communication, and more.
In addition, Brightmoor Community Center maintains a mentoring program called I’m Going to College, which specifically serves middle school students looking toward the future. The center also hosts the Detroit Young Leaders development program.
For children ages 5 through 18, Developing K.I.D.S. offers the Prevention program. This program teaches positive skills, including conflict resolution, and offers a social outlet for participants.