As the product of a caring community of coaches, mentors, and teammates, Devon Buskin is a true believer in the developmental power of youth sports. For him, youth programs he was apart of, offered an opportunity to explore his strengths and build the skills he needed to be successful later in life. This crucial experience is something Devon works to pass along to future generations as the Founder and CEO of The Detroit City Lions Youth Club (DCL) Founded in 2018, DCL provides over 300 young people ages 5 to 24 with equitable access to sports, STEAM, educational, and workforce development programming & skill-building activities. Under Devon’s leadership, the organization has expanded from its original football program to include over 10 unique athletic opportunities including basketball, baseball, soccer, cheer, and dance, lacrosse, robotics, theatre & arts, art & culture, vollyball, and culinary arts. Many of DCL’s youth participate in multiple programs in the organization, keeping them engaged and active year-round. The organization also offers wraparound family services and academic support to help create well-rounded student-athletes and ensure that participants can take full advantage of future scholarship opportunities. With the ultimate goal of exposing & connecting youth to successful sport career pathways. Which will ultimately diversify the sports industry. In addition to his role with DCL, Devon also serves as Director of Workforce Development at Greening of Detroit where he has led a Nationally recognized training program and employment of over 800 Detroit residents with a goal of 2500 into green-collar jobs that help revitalize their neighborhoods and city. His passion for youth engagement also drives his involvement as the administrator of the organization’s Green Corps Youth Employment Program which employs over 100 students each summer, providing both work and college prep experience. Over the course of his career, Devon has received several local and national recognitions for his work and mentorship including the 2015 National Leadership Award from the US. Department of Labor, the 2009 and 2010 Parsons Brinkerhoff Leadership, the 2017 Excellence Under 40 leadership award, and was a 2018 Ford Motor Company Foundation Men of Courage recipient. Devon was a Workforce Industry Leader Fellow, with the Aspen Institute, in partnership with JP Morgan Chase in 2018. He was inducted into the Samuel C. Mumford High School Hall of Fame in 2019, and most recently a Community Incubator Program award recipient in 2020, which awarded him and (DCL) capacity building support, leadership development, and additional support to growth the organization and make impact. This opportunity was provided by The Marygrove Conservicy, The Kresge Foundation, and Strategic Community Partners. Devon is a proud graduate and product of Samuel C. Mumford High School and continued his education at Western Michigan University. He is a proud father and is blessed to have a strong support system of family, friends, and community members to support him in his work. With his ultimate goal to development a registration free program for all youth in metro Detroit, where each child is afforded free play & education of their choice, which fully develops the child and impacts their families, along with their communities and putting a SMILE on each kids face!