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Miss Delores Bennett

Executive Director

North End Youth Improvement Council

North End Youth Improvement Council

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The North End Youth Improvement Council, NEYIC, is a Michigan non-profit tax-exempt organization under section 501 (c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Code. NEYIC was founded over 40 years ago for the purpose of engendering a sense of values, hope, self-es... more

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North End Youth Improvement Council

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Delores Bennett is a native of Clarksville, Tennessee; however, she has resided in Detroit, Michigan most of her life. Delores Bennett has been married to her husband, Eugene Bennett Sr., for fifty-two years.

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Delores Bennett was once asked during a newspaper interview, "What is your hobby? "Kids" was her answer. Not only a hobby, this interest led to a dedicated working project, where she donated 850 service hours annually to youth programs promoted by the Considine Recreation Center.
Since that time her focus on the organization of youth groups has provided athletic and cultural activities for young children and teenagers. She is the founder and executive of the North End Youth Improvement Council. She organized many types of projects to raise funds, such as candy sales, etc., to generate funds to secure playground equipment for the children and youth of the community. When "Miss Bennett" as she is affectionately known throughout the community organizes her youth group, three of her four children were pre-schoolers, and she was looking for a project to keep them and their little friends busy. "When we walked through the neighborhood," she recalled, "I would have them to pick up litter. As the children grow older, I encouraged them to do odd jobs for ill and elderly neighbors. The young people painted homes, and shoveled snow from the walks of those unable to do it. The youth group volunteered their time to entertain as well as help senior citizens."
Delores Bennett has always fought for employment, education, recreation and housing. She has devoted her time and energies to benefit the entire community, not only in its physical appearances, but promoting a feeling of well-being and good will toward mankind. Among her many rewarding accomplishments - is her accomplishment for 13 years she worked on developing a neighborhood playground and recreation area. One day she spotted an area that was being used as a dump, owned by a neighborhood church. She got permission from the Pastor to clean up a play lot in another area where houses would have to be torn down. Only three families had to relocate, and they were will to do so. Delores gathered petitions and won her battle with City Hall on July 2, 1977. Delores' 13-year efforts to get a neighborhood park became a reality at Brush and Bethune.
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Delores has been a concerned citizen, doer and involved community activist in Detroit's North End for over 54 years. She has a track record for numerous successes in meeting human needs. Her primary involvement is with children, young people, senior citizens, and the "grassroots.
Delores Bennett was first elected to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners from the 8th District in 1978, and took office in 1979. With the help of her group of young volunteers, the North End Youth Improvement Council she is also served a second term as Wayne County Commissioner. In all the plans of government, business and organizations, there is nothing to equal the spark and determination of one person to cause things to happen which achieve lasting results.
Delores Bennett has been a member of many organizations and boards:
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Delores Bennett has received many awards locally and nationally:
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In her daily life Delores is guided by her philosophy "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand to Make This World a Better Place If You Can.


North End Youth Improvement Council

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NEYIC Executive Director - Mrs. Delores Bennett

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Delores Bennett 1960-80


North End Youth Improvement Council

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Under leadership of Delores Bennett, NEYIC founder and executive director, gangs have been disband, negative energy has been revised in positive ways, and lives have not only been changed but spared to see another day.


Delores Bennett, Founder and ...

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Delores Bennett, Founder and Director, North End Youth Improvement Council


The North End neighborhood is home ...

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The North End neighborhood is home to more than 500 families including Delores Bennett, a community leader who founded the North End Youth Council.  The park was named after her in 1983. In 2007 a large boulder was placed at the park in honor of her late husband Eugene who supported her tireless efforts to maintain a high quality of life for North End residents. She expressed her deepest appreciation in learning that Lakeshore had selected Bennett Playground as part of the Detroit Adopt-a-Park project.

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I am proud to be a part of helping Mrs. Bennett continue her excellent work in the North End community".

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