Our Academy Team
Our Academy team are young reporters, hosts, broadcasters, columnists, bloggers, photographers, artists, with a voice. They are a diverse group of young people from all over Metro-Detroit. Some have previous experience writing or speaking, and others don’t.
To be a part of the academy, you just have to have a desire to learn about journalism and broadcast, and a willingness to try the many aspects of the field. It takes about 5-10 hours a month! You’ll be everywhere news is in the Detroit area as a reporter, journalist or columnist. Or you might host a segment of our local broadcast.
Our young members report live from many events in and around the Detroit community. They can be seen and Winter Blast, the North American International Auto Show, Dilla Youth Day, Million Children March, art festivals, hosting a youth business market or reporting from one. The teen group have their own production company Teens in the D, with a video podcast, producing documentaries, and docu-series, as well as promotional videos for local businesses.
Jourdin R, Sr. Youth Editor & Founding Member
Jourdin is a Senior high school student in a Detroit Public School. She began as a founder member of DCY~Opp to explore her personal love of journalism and gain more experience. She has covered the Auto Show, interviewed Sheriff Benny Napoleon, and written several editorial articles for our online edition. Jourdin has held several leadership roles with local community organizations, including the Delta Gems, a program of thER Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
Faith B., Video Production Team, Teens in the D Production Team
Faith is an active student who enjoys exploring stories through the camera lens. Her passion can be seen throughout the pages of the DCY~Opp Magazine, and the Teens in the D productions. Faith is attends a local charter school, and is partially home-schooled.
Autumn C., Editorial & Research Team, Teens in the D Production Team
Autumn is currently a 4.0 student at a Metro-Detroit Middle School and is the youngest member of the Teens in the D production team & program. Autumn’s passion is in writing, research and history. She will be responsible for the content in the video podcast and documentaries produced by Teens in the D. Look for Autumn’s editing credits soon. Autumn aspires to become a professional journalist.
Emerson J.,Editor & Research Team, Technical Lead. Mosaic Youth Theater Correspondent, Teens in the D host
Emerson is an active high school student at Detroit Public Schools. He’s a young entrepreneur and owner of Emerson Dsign Inc., and came to DCY~Opp as a correspondent for Mosaic Youth Theatre. As a member of the theatre group, Emerson is a singer in the prestigious organization. Emerson has an interest in cultural arts, music, technology, and current events.Emerson created the intro music and logo for Teens in the D productions. Currently, he is taking a semester break.
Taylor L. Community Issues & Podcast Host
Taylor attends one of Detroit’s finest high schools along with her other team members. Her wit and energy make her engaging and astute as a young reporter. Taylor is in the Horizon Upward Bound program at Cranbrook, and runs high school track. Look for her reporting live at youth events around the city.
Imani P., Art and Photography, Video Production Team
Imani is a high school student in the Walled Lake School District. Being a dancer, Imani joined the varsity cheer team as soon as she entered high school. She enjoys track, fashion design, basketball and photography. She is a competitive dancer with MovementofDance and Motion Underground. Look for Imani’s work on the pages of our digital and print issues of DCY~Opp Magazine.
Tania enjoys researching teen influencers and upcoming events. Her career aspirations include becoming an OB-GYN physcian. As a teen member, Tania brings her insight and perspective to issues that matter most to teens. She is a student at a Detroit Public School, member of Delta Gems, and a Horizon Upward Bound student at Cranbrook. She is also a part of our community outreach with the Blank Canvas project along with her team members: Emerson and Tania.
Travis S., Editorial & Research Team, Content Editor, Teens in the D Production Team
Travis is the DCY~Opp history buff. Although, he prefers behind the scene research, Travis scored his first interview with Detroit historian and journalist, Mr. Ken Coleman. Travis attends high school in Metro-Detroit.
Dallas F., Beat Reporter-FREC
Dallas is a middle school student at a Metro-Detroit school. She is also a young entrepreneur with her own jewelry line. Dallas is our Ford Resource Engagement Center (FREC) correspondent, and has several published articles with FREC and DCY~Opp.
Aaliyah Marie, Beat Reporter
Aaliyah is enjoys Video-Blogging and aspires to find a career in the entertainment industry. She co-hosts a kiddie lifestyle blog with her younger sister-“Zee”, named LiiZee Online. Even though she comes from a true blue U of M family, she has her heart set on attending CMU upon graduation from high school.
Azalea J. (Zee), Apprentice
Zee is a 1st grader who attends People’s Community Church. She is an avid collector of ROBLOX and Shopkins figurines and toys. Zee is a big fan of FGTeev and almost all cartoons. She co-hosts a kiddie lifestyle blog with her big sister, named LiiZee Online. Her favorite online game app is Minecraft. Her hobbies include dancing, taking pictures, storytelling, and shopping on the weekends.
DeAngel R., Apprentice
DeAngel is a 3rd grade student in
Metro-Detroit. She brings her bubbly personality to her interviews. As an apprentice, DeAngel is learning to hone her skills to some day host her own show.
Simone S., Host & Beat Reporter
Simone is a young powerhouse, and host of her own show-The Simone Show. She loves to dance, play guitar and trumpet. Simone’s an inspiration to young girls. She performs with ALNUR AfricanDance Troupe and shared the stage with Hip Hop Artist Mama Sol, Wasir/Kid Fresh and Issac Ryan Brown of Raven’s Home.